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HSE Responds to Portsmouth News letters page - "Left in utter despair by school activity day"

29 July 2010

Dear Sir,

Re: J Hawkins Letter: "Left in utter despair by school activity day" - 28 July 2010

I am saddened to read J Hawkins' letter of 28th July, claiming schools can no longer have a sack race at their sports days, or children throw overarm, because of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

HSE does not ban sack races, or any competition in school. We support and encourage children to get involved in outdoor physical activity, as it is good for their health and development.

We focus on health and safety and the practical steps that protect people from real risks. We do not want to stop members of the public from living and enjoying their everyday lives. I can assure your readers that all children can happily go about competing in school sports events, just like in the old days, and if they are told otherwise they should challenge it.

Yours faithfully,

Heather Bryant
HSE Regional Director for HSE South East

Updated 2012-01-13