Should boys and girls be separated in sport?

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22nd February 2019

BOYS have been banned from taking part in this year’s netball competition at the Urdd National Sports Festival in Aberystwyth.

Organisers said the move was aimed at getting more girls to take part and said that boys are sometimes at an advantage in netball because they are physically stronger.

Teacher Lisa Jones said the school still planned to enter a team, but that it would now include girls from younger years.

Boys and girls will be allowed to compete together in football, as well as most other sports.

Lots of primary schools are upset at hearing the news, though, since many had been training for some time.

We want to know what you think. Should the boys have been banned from playing netball with the girls?

Should boys and girls be separated in sport?

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themyth · 2 years ago

I think some children are more suited to certain sports, but if someone wanted to, they should be able to switch.

teamgorbo1 · 2 years ago

Throughout primary school it is a known fact that girls and boys have the same amount of physical capabilities and strength. I have played in a boys football team and it has helped my game immeasurably. As boys and girls get older boys do get physically stronger but some boys are not very sporty where as some girls are physically fit and excel in certain sports. I think pupils should be put into sets according to their skill rather than their gender.

docgirl · 2 years ago

No, because boys and girls are equal, so they all should be involved in the same sport

g0d · 2 years ago

I think no because it would be sexist to split them up, even if a boy wanted to do a "girls" sport>

ccdynamic · 2 years ago

I think sports should be for everyone not just for specific gender.We should we able to enjoy the sports we enjoy and the ones we like.So boys should be able to participate in netball.

Jewab99 · 2 years ago

Children shouldn’t be separated like this. I think it’s fine for boys to compete too because one or two people don’t affect the whole team’s overall performance.

swace · 2 years ago

I don't think so because say for example if a boy loved to play netball but was really nervous play it and express his love for the sport at school. But however some sports are specifically for a type of gender...it depends really?

camphill · 2 years ago

It is not really fare that boys cannot take part in certain things.To be honest all spots should be unisex.

dcb10 · 2 years ago

No I do not think girls and boys should do separate sports, because I love to play football and my heart would break if only boys were allowed to do it. Also it would be sexist not to mention sad for the professionals that do it 24/7.

ingy_1905 · 2 years ago

No I don’t agree with this as I play netball (I am a girl) which is a ‘girls’ sport however I have a best friend ( she’s also a girl) she plays football and is a goalkeeper yet is absolutely incredible at it. It is not all about body strength or that lot but it is about personal choices.

blackdog · 2 years ago

I agree with ccdynamic because i like netball and i got to my schools club and i have to persuade my friend to go to the club because i didnt want to be the only boy.

simpsons10 · 2 years ago

I think both genders should not be separated in sport because it is just a stereotype that boy are stronger. At my school some girls are stronger than boys. I play Rugby, Football and Cricket at school, and I only like Football. I would definitely like to try and play what the girls play (Hockey and Netball) instead of Rugby and Cricket.

peebi0412 · 2 years ago

I think it’s important for girls and boys to be separated in PE especially in secondary school because as we get older, it becomes slightly awkward between the two genders and it’s true that boys are physically stronger than girls.

sloth12345 · 2 years ago

I think girls and boys should not be separated as we have changed we are not sexist anymore we accept what gender each other and it doesn't matter if a boy and a girl our best friends if they are best friends they can be in the same class if the government do not accept it I do not know what will happen with Brexit

aylarc22 · 2 years ago

They should be able to choose themselves and that’s part of growing up

welovenews · 2 years ago

What's wrong with having boys and girls in the same team, in the same sport. Also, most netball teams I

welovenews · 2 years ago

seen have just girls in. Can't boys play as well???

welovenews · 2 years ago

Are you saying boys are bad at netball,@Jewab99????

fairyhol · 2 years ago

Boys and girls should NOT be separated in sport. Saying one gender can do this and the other can't is sexist. This starts bullying. Bullying leads to people dropping out of school. Dropping out of school means no job. And no job means no future.

act-now45 · 2 years ago

They should be separated as boys may get rough and could seriously damage a girl. Maybe they could have two sections in the competition one for girls and one for boys, then it would be fair.

darth_bob · 2 years ago

No, because that is sexist and completely pointless. This world is meant to be getting better and more equal, not seperating children because of a gender. Even if boys are physically stronger, at primary age that difference would be minuscule if there at all. And you can get really fit girls and not so active boys so they would be at an advantage. And after this the boys might not be as willing to play and that is the complete opposite of what we are meant to be doing. We are meant to be inspiring and encouraging, NOT SEXIST.

lemonjuice62 · 2 years ago

In primary school, I think that separation is not necessary because you don't have many growth hormones. However in adult professional sport (Olympics and stuff) it is fair to separate because male and female bodies are physically different.

henners08 · 2 years ago

People should be allowed to work with other genders.

sambrophy · 2 years ago

Boys and girls have different mindsets and opinions so I think they shouldn't be separated in sport.

jesusrules · 2 years ago

i think they should because in my school and there is a tournament/competition (which is mixed) there will only be one or two girls and lots of boys. if we are separated then more girls should have a chance to get in to the competitions and it would encourage more girls to get into sport.

toppot · 2 years ago

It's sexist to split equal humans up. Besides, in my opinion there's no such thing as girl stuff and boy stuff.

spacegirlg · 2 years ago

I see the point the championship organisers are making, but they’ve gon a step to far in my view . You might make two championships; one for boys and one for girls, but stopping the boys from doing it completely is crazy. I voted no, the boys should of been allowed to play.

tarzan131 · 2 years ago

Yes, boys should be allowed to play in boy only teams against other boy teams and girls should play against girls. Both genders should be allowed to play so as not to exclude them from the sport completely.

nlcs · 2 years ago

no! just because in the past apparently boys were better than girls doesn't they can't work together on the same team .

nlcs · 2 years ago

no! just because in the past apparently boys were better than girls doesn't they can't work together on the same team .

emeve · 2 years ago

Yes, we have a mixed football team and do you know how many girls are in it? One. If they were separated, girls would have more of a chance to get into teams. Also, sometimes boys have a physical advantage over girls in sports.

10kbpurple · 2 years ago

I think boys and girls should not be separated for sports because as youngsters they are not different .

crystalx27 · 2 years ago

No, I think that girls and boys shouldn't really be separated. As long as there is an equal amount of boys in each team as there are girls, then it is fair and it means the boys would be able to compete. It shouldn't be fair for one gender but unfair for the other.

auzzer · 2 years ago

boys and girls are equal so they should be treated the same

netballgk · 2 years ago

I am a netballer myself and I play the position as a Gk (Goal Keeper) in my schools netball team and when I play at school the boys are sometimes even better then the girls because they like basketball so they are genially good at shooting and when we play in PE the boys are as enthusiastic as me -if that's even possible-!
So I think the boys should be able to play netball with the girls!

deaddragon · 2 years ago

i think it would be sexist to separate people of different genders, personally i like golf that is a 'girl' sport

thatguy25 · 2 years ago

I think they should be separated at a certain age as your body starts to change in many ways at a point in your life, some changes an unfair advantage the person hasn't had to work for.

dog13 · 2 years ago

No, anyone is allowed to play what ever sport they want.

eimaan · 2 years ago

I’m a girl but I like football ⚽️

eimaan · 2 years ago

7 th to comment. :-)

anjana · 2 years ago

You can make almost everything unequal in society these days but being unequal in sports is just taking it a step further. Children are allowed to play what sports they like because it is what they want to do and it doesn't mean that they should be seperated from a sport just because they are being judged on their physical strength.

dachshund7 · 2 years ago

Even though a sport may be more popular with for example boys, there is no reasons why girls couldn’t do it. If girls and boys were put together, there could also possibly become more equality in sport too.

12ah · 2 years ago

Yes but both girls and boys should do rugby and netball

lolteen23 · 2 years ago

No, because boys and girls should be treated equally. In some sports, boys are better than girls and in others, girls are better than boys. So, therefore boys and girls should be allowed to compete in sports they love, even if they aren't as good as their friends or the opposite gender. Equality for all!

zapzap236 · 2 years ago

No because it’s fun playing sport together with boys and girls it encourages Equality and freindship

jaelp · 2 years ago

I said yes, because boys are physically stronger and boys could keep winning so that will NOT be fair for girls⚽️

mhkmal · 2 years ago

Girls and boys are different in many ways but we are all equal therefore there is no such thing as a boy sport or a girl sport. That's why I believe boys and girls can do whatever sport without getting separated.

mhkmal · 2 years ago

Girls and boys are different in many ways but we are all equal therefore there is no such thing as a boy sport or a girl sport. That's why I think boys and girls can do whatever sport without getting separated.

moosyb · 2 years ago

it is not fair if boys or girls are not allowed to play a certain sport

zaragamer · 2 years ago

I don't think they should be separated because girls and boys are different in many ways and they can both be good at the same stuff. We are all equal therefore there is no such thing as a girl sport or a boy sport. I also believe it's wrong to think boys are physically stronger due to stereotypes. Girls and boys can be just as good at playing sports. It's also known that throughout primary school, girls and boys have the same physical capabilities.

gwenrat · 2 years ago

No, because boys and girls are all equal, so at our school the boys and girls can choose whether to do rugby or dance and netball or football.

fluffy_uni · 2 years ago

No! Children should not be sepreated by sports! We don't want there to be girl games and boys games then I'm sertin that boys and girls wont become friends. We are equal!

zsanaz3 · 2 years ago

No because normally adults tennis and football games ect separate boys from girls so we should make the most of it

dog13 · 2 years ago

We are all equal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dogsrock16 · 2 years ago

no Bcuse boys and girls and boys r equal

piggy01 · 2 years ago

I think boys and girls should be able to play any sport they want, but I think that they shouldn't play it together, as their bodies are different shapes and have different strengths, so it would be unfair if they do it together.

dotbaker · 2 years ago

I don’t think they should be separated because they should separate you on how well you can play rather than which gender you are.

xx_tan_xx · 2 years ago

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marla_cat · 2 years ago

You should be able to play whatever sport you want, no matter your gender. Boys and girls are just as good at sport as each other so why should they be seperated? I play football in a girls and boys team but next year it will be one team for boys and one team for girls and the team will have hardly anyone in it because there is not enough girls interested in football so we should be able to play with the boys

edmonds123 · 2 years ago

no because were all humans and whats the point of having more sport teams than you actually need

fishswish · 2 years ago

As a high school student I hate it when the teachers combine the classes with girls and boys so I voted no but I have nothing against boys and girls learning the same sports

news247 · 2 years ago

They should not, due to the fact that 'Men are stronger than girls' is a complete lie. As a boy myself there are many girls who are faster, stronger and more intelligent than me, girls and boys shouldn't just be separated like that, it may also cause anxiety, stating that if men are supposedly stronger than girls, the girls would potentially give up, vice versa with boys.

aquaquazar · 2 years ago

I think that is ridiculous

artymartin · 2 years ago

I think that boys and girls sound not be separated in sport because it gives them a chance to streangthen thier skills and they get a chance to play against and maybe with more players. It also makes the game more exiting!

hc-524219 · 2 years ago

Boys and girls should definitely not be separated in sport because all men and women and boys and girls are created equal and it is obviously not the right thing to do since it is discrimination between boys and girls.

radishes10 · 2 years ago

Sure, we are all about making girls equal with boys but if we separate them we r making the gender unequal again like the other way round. I’m a girl btw

gm2005 · 2 years ago

Every one is always talking about suffragettes like Emmeline Pankhurst for saving gender equality. So splitting up boys and girls is as if we are going back to what it used to be like. When women couldn't vote and now boys cant play netball at the National Eisteddfod . Now what does that show about Urdds help towards gender equality.

wis09 · 2 years ago

No. There just kids, they should not be judged for there gender.

zebra10 · 2 years ago

i play netball at school and boys play as well.It would be different if girls could not play rugby or football but we can.i am playing in matches tomorrow actually.

zebra10 · 2 years ago

good luck to anyone else who is playing!

lamb14 · 2 years ago

I think, it depends because in some games like football boys and girls play differently. So if its a p.e lesson at a school, they could have a girls game and a boys game going on at the same time.

oceangirl · 2 years ago

I think they should, but in after-school clubs I think they should just play together

ilovegoats · 2 years ago

No i do not think it is a good idea for children to be separated at sports because boys and girls should be working together

hirdy66778 · 2 years ago

No, we should not be separated. Boys have the same ability as girls and girls have the same ability as boys and also this is being sexist to genders as in my school, girls can't join the football team and boys can't join the netball team . Boys and girls have to get treated the same.

kai1502 · 2 years ago

this is unfair in banning boys in playing netball.
there is no reason why

sloth2008 · 2 years ago

Definitely not! There is absolutely no reason to have boys and girls separated in sport.

abinews · 2 years ago

No, I think they should play fairly and see when they are at too much of an advantage compared girls and play WITH them and not just with the other the boys, as a lot of them do.

abinews · 2 years ago

No, I think they should play fairly and see when they are at too much of an advantage compared girls and play WITH them and not just with the other the boys, as a lot of them do.

rosiem · 2 years ago

Its kind of a 50-50 thing for me as I love playing with all of my friends ( mainly boys!) and would hate it if for every sport we were split up. On the other hand, some sports should be split up as it can be a bit more fun sometimes- GIRL POWER!!!

doughnut10 · 2 years ago

no, totally not! this is so sexist. boys can play netball just like girls can play football. its good to have a mix of people,even if some are physically stronger! also everyone can choose what they do as we have a right to do so and some boys may love netball. there's nothing wrong with that!

sorry!
i just feel very strongly about that!

birthdayca · 2 years ago

No because, I mean yes we are different genders, but we are all human and none of us decide which sex we are, and seems unfair if one can't do something and the other can.

xxowlxx · 2 years ago

I think teams should be based on skill with an equal amount of boys and girls, talking about school.

xxowlxx · 2 years ago

But as adults they should probably be because men are physically stronger than women although that does not mean women can’t be AS strong.

huddlest · 2 years ago

Gender equally guys, Boy and girl have the right to be in any sport they would like to be in.

teddyfer · 2 years ago

No, everyone should be treated equally.

oliver2008 · 2 years ago

you should not separate girls and boys because you should all do the same

happyemoji · 2 years ago

Whether a person is a girl or a boy, they should be able to do any sport that is being taught.

roar62 · 2 years ago

I vote NO

murza · 2 years ago

People should treat boys and girls the same. It's sexist if they are separated. It's more fun to play together. Girls have friends that are boys and they want to play together. They shouldn't be separated just because they're different.

joe20 · 2 years ago

It's not fair beacuse boys should have the chance for playing Netball. And anyway, Boys will argue with girls so they should be separated.

jake10 · 2 years ago

they should be separate but if they want to be together then they can be.

amo · 2 years ago

i think it is important that boys and girls do interact in sports together because if they didn't P.E lessons would have to be completely separate , which may lead to boys and girls not really getting along and not playing together.and if people think boys and girls should be separated to do with how fair it is , then to me that doesn't make much sense because in school it doesn't really matter whereas if you are competing to a high or professional standards yes they would be separated but at our age it does't matter.

gucci · 2 years ago

lots of girkls do our sports so why cant we do theirs

gucci · 2 years ago

lots of girls do our sports so why cant we do theirs we dont hurt them this is really sexist when they say girls are fighting for rights but we should

Aishah22 · 2 years ago

To be honest I am not sure because personally I feel uncomfortable doing sports in front of boys but some girls bond better with boys when doing sports together but I said no because this could change everything

orangeplum · 2 years ago

girls will be able to show that boys are RUBBISH if we do it just girls.

orangeplum · 2 years ago

EVERYONE knows that boys and girls have to be seperated in sport competitions, other it won't be fair
shame on you if voted yes

wriggles · 2 years ago

In unisex schools boys and girls aren’t separated in subjects such as English and Maths. So why should they be separated in sports?

orangeplum · 2 years ago

use your common sense people. GRAMMAR SCHOOL have separated schools + private schools. MIXED SCHOOLS (except universities) are STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
if you agree with me, ignore first paragraph.

starcat · 2 years ago

no because some boys enjoy doing "girl" sport and it would be unfair to split them up if they enjoy it

icebear888 · 2 years ago

I think it depends on what sport, but for some, for example, cricket could be played with both genders.?

purple1 · 2 years ago

Some boys and girls are best friends so it would be sad to split them up

lollipop33 · 2 years ago

It depends on the main age of person you are dealing with. Maybe 7 to 11 year olds should not be seperated but kids aged 12+ should.

dog_lover2 · 2 years ago

NO because everyone in equal. Girls are just as good at sport as boys and boys are just as good as sport as girls.

shivi12 · 2 years ago

I think that you should be allowed to play any sport that you want to, regardless if you're a boy or a girl!

shivi12 · 2 years ago

I think that you should be allowed to play any sport that you want to, regardless if you're a boy or a girl!

lfcrules · 2 years ago

No girls and boys should be equal they should be allowed to choose whatever sport they want.

16ah02 · 1 year ago

I think no girls and boys should be able to do sport together because then girls can teach boys netball and boys to teach girls netball

rights123 · 1 year ago

Yes because boys can show off sometimes and I dont think girls like to play with show offs.
#seperategirlsandboysinsport

rights123 · 1 year ago

I meant no

trudie · 1 year ago

Get to know each other more

nevada · 11 months ago

Hell no!

katkid10 · 7 months ago

In our school when you get to Yr5 then you are separated into boys and girls and the boys don't do Netball!!!!! I love Netball!!!!!!!!!!

panda89 · 4 months ago

I don't think so because boys and girls are the same though when grown up should be separated because grown men are a bit stronger than grown women so it could be unfair