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THE vast majority of parents in Leeds and Sheffield believe that playing competitive sport, including rugby, would improve their teenagers behaviour and even their academic performance.

Research carried out by FairPlay, a rugby programme for young people excluded from mainstream education, revealed that an average of 69.5% of parents in the two cities believe it is important for their teenage children to take part in a competitive sport, while an average 71.5% believe competitive sport helps or could help their teenagers academic performance. Furthermore, 65.5% believe competitive sport helps or could help their teenagers behaviour in the classroom.

Nationally the picture is similar, with 4 in 5 parents believing that regularly playing a team sport will have a positive impact on their child.

FairPlay, which aims to improve the prospects for at risk young people, is supported by Jason Leonard OBE, the worlds most capped forward who helped England to its Rugby World Cup win in 2003. It operates across England, and is a partnership between Wooden Spoon, Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Rugby Football Union and the Enterprise Education Trust. It combines rugby training with classroom-based learning in life, enterprise and financial skills.

While England Rugby would love to develop a few more Jason Leonards to prop up the scrum in years to come, FairPlay is promoting the social and educational benefits of being involved in a disciplined and competitive environment through rugby.

And the research released this week by FairPlay shows that parents agree.

A third of all parents surveyed agree it also promotes personal discipline, with a similar number saying it increases young peoples respect for themselves and others, while a quarter say it helps them adopt a positive attitude.

These values - which reflect rugbys core values of Discipline, Respect, Teamwork, Enjoyment and Sportsmanship - can be life-savers for at risk young people who might otherwise drop out of education and become a further burden on the strained public finances.

Jason Leonard, who is Lead Ambassador for Wooden Spoon, said: These findings show that most parents agree that playing a competitive sport like rugby can have a really positive impact on teenagers.

We are seeing from programmes like FairPlay that rugby helps young people improve their confidence, self-esteem and attitude, while the discipline of sport can help them secure qualifications and fine employment.

FairPlay aims to complete a total of 120 projects across England working with young people in Pupil Referral Units. For more information about the programme and local schemes, please contact David Southern on 07740 565059 or email davesouthern@rfu.com.

KEY SURVEY FINDINGS

These are the top line findings that most clearly support the work that FairPlay does:

Four in five parents believe taking part in competitive sport would improve their childs academic performance.

Almost three quarters of parent believe playing a competitive sport would improve their childs behaviour.

Four in five parents think its important for their children to take part in competitive sport.

A third agree it promotes personal discipline, with a similar number saying it increases young peoples respect for themselves and others, while a quarter say it helps them adopt a positive attitude.

Honesty, respect and self-esteem top the list of most important values for teenagers to have (core values of rugby - 2 of these support Core Values)

6% of parents (around 1 in 17) say their teenager has never been praised, other than by immediate family

1010 parents with children aged 13 to 18 were surveyed online by Opinion Matters between 10 / 01 / 2011 and 17 / 01 / 2011 amongst a panel resulting in 1010 parents of children aged 13-18 respondents.

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

National

81% of parents believe it is important for their teenager to take part in a competitive sport.

83% of parents believe competitive sport helps or could help their teenagers academic performance.

73% of parents believe competitive sport helps or could help their teenagers behaviour in the classroom.

33% of parents believe their teenager would benefit from taking part in a physically challenging sport like rugby as it would improve their personal discipline.

NOTE: FairPlay is only being delivered across England

Yorkshire statistics

Leeds

72% of parents believe it is important for their teenager to take part in a competitive sport.

66% of parents believe competitive sport helps or could help their teenagers academic performance.

64% of parents believe competitive sport helps or could help their teenagers behaviour in the classroom.

26% of parents believe their teenager would benefit from taking part in a physically challenging sport like rugby as it would improve their personal discipline.

Sheffield

67% of parents believe it is important for their teenager to take part in a competitive sport.

77% of parents believe competitive sport helps or could help their teenagers academic performance.

67% of parents believe competitive sport helps or could help their teenagers behaviour in the classroom.

40% of parents believe their teenager would benefit from taking part in a physically challenging sport like rugby as it would improve their personal discipline.

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