This Morning’s debate segment topic was on the subject of Sports Day and in particular, parents who take it too seriously.
Joining Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby for the debate was Welsh sprinter Iwan Thomas and This Morning regular, mum Lottie Daley.
One headteacher in Cardiff has banned mums and dads from the sidelines after continual bad behaviour – which she says has been ‘threatening’ and intimidating towards staff.
Iwan, 45, argued that competition is healthy while mum-of-three Lottie disagreed claiming that parents should have ‘more decorum’ and the annual school event should be banned outright.
‘Surely it’s their [parents] right to support their kids at sports day, win, lose or draw,’ Iwan said.
But Lottie insisted: ‘We should just ban sports day altogether. It absolutely fills the majority of people I know with dread,’ Lottie said.
Viewers were not impressed and took to Twitter to share their views.
One person wrote: ‘Competition is healthy if we have no competition we wouldn’t have all these sports women and men. #ThisMorning.’
While another added: ‘Everyone has their strengths & weaknesses why stop a day celebrating something some kids excel in just because parents are the sore losers. Some children excel in drama, art & music are you going to stop school plays? I think not #ThisMorning.’
Another person tweeted: ‘If this lady is still traumatised from her sports day she needs help to work through it, not just ban the whole bloody thing! The world can’t accommodate for every single persons thoughts n feelings ffs.’
One other viewer wrote: ‘Ban sports day in schools? Are you off your trolley? It was one of the best days in the school year! #ThisMorning.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.
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