Saturday, June 15, 2024

Half of GB Hockey’s Olympic squad state school educated

Analysis has revealed that half of Great Britain’s Olympic hockey squad went through the state school system, for some or all of their education.

According to data requested by The Hockey Paper, 35 per cent of the 34 of 40 Tokyo Olympians were fully state educated, with 15 per cent going through state and private education, with assistance of scholarships.

Meanwhile, research undertaken by Schools Week revealed that nine of the 16-strong Team GB women’s team, who won bronze at Tokyo 2020, were privately educated.

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  1. Change the headline and contextualise. 56 per cent of the young ladies went to private schools. They were the ones afforded the opportunity to represent their country in an Olympic Games. 6 per cent of children get that opportunity to go to a private school. Imagine the potential this country could unlock if you afforded all children equal opportunities and not just the few. Hockey remains elitist in the UK.

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