Get­ting kids close to their he­roes should be about sport not money

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - OPINION -

When Andy and Jamie were lit­tle, Wim­ble­don was just some­thing you saw on TV. So I took them to see it as part of a trip with Dun­blane Sports Club.

Who knows how big a part that played in the in­spi­ra­tion and be­lief that would lead them to go on and com­pete at the high­est level in the game, but I know they never for­got that day.

Big money will change hands in foot­ball in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow. Sadly, big sums are also be­ing de­manded for the mas­cots who walk out with their he­roes be­fore a match. Read­ing that some clubs are charg­ing around £500, it made me won­der why sport nowa­days is too much about money-mak­ing and not about in­spir­ing ta­lent.

To me, cash­ing in on kids rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing that is wrong with sports.

Be­ing a match day mas­cot is such a big thing in a child’s life.

The closer you can get kids to the ac­tion the more chance you have of help­ing them be­lieve they can do it – and walk­ing out into a sta­dium with your he­roes is a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity.

The pri­or­ity in sport should be to in­volve kids for whom it would have real mean­ing.

A young Jamie and Andy Mur­ray, right, loved sport

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