Playing at sports

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all this talk of getting children more active after the Olympics by investing in sports facilities makes me smile.

In my day - yes, I’m that old - we burnt off all our energy by playing out all day long.

I’m never happier than when my children are out with their mates, away from the sofa and computer games.

The other day they were playing bike races, getting plenty of exercise and having fun.

And learning an important life lesson - that sometimes you lose.