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Cracking! Egg and spoon races are saved as education bosses say sports days can go ahead

For decades, parents have enjoyed cheering on their young children in the traditional egg and spoon race on school sports' days.

The popular contest in primary schools across the country looked in danger of being axed this summer term due to Covid.

However, the Department for Education has stepped in to save this event as well as sprints and relays by reassuring headteachers about fixtures.

In a new blog, it says school sports' days can go ahead and parents may also be invited to watch them - but they must be socially distanced into separate groups of 30 people.

The popular contest in primary schools across the country looked in danger of being axed this summer term due to Covid (file photo)

The blog says: 'Many schools will have broken up for the summer holidays by the time national restrictions ease on 19 July.

'This means that while schools and colleges will be able to hold the traditional end of term sports day, they may be slightly different than in previous years for both pupils and their parents.'

Clarifying the position on school sports' days, the DfE confirms they can 'go ahead in line with existing restrictions such as maintaining class or year-group bubbles and regular cleaning of sports equipment'.

'It's up to schools to risk assess their sports day plans and decide if it is appropriate to invite spectators,' the DfE says.

'Any spectators must stick to social distancing requirements and legal gathering limits where, outdoors, spectators can gather in separate groups of up to 30.

'This means, dependent on the size of the area available, multiple groups of 30 could theoretically attend events as long as there is no mixing between groups at any stage.'

Clarifying the position on school sports' days, the DfE confirms they can 'go ahead in line with existing restrictions such as maintaining class or year-group bubbles and regular cleaning of sports equipment' (file photo)

Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, yesterday welcomed the development.

He said: 'Amongst all that has been lost through Covid, it's reassuring to know that school sports' days can go ahead.

'Parents will be very happy to hear that they can enjoy the traditional egg and spoon race with their children, along with all the other popular races.'

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