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Schools may swap netball for yoga

Schools could start teaching yoga and cheerleading in a bid to boost pupils' interest in PE lessons, research has revealed.

The up and coming activities could replace more traditional sports such as hockey, netball and gymnastics which have gradually started to lose their appeal over recent years.

The study revealed that school sports are not being attended regularly by more than six in 10 pupils, and eight in 10 do not regularly competing against other schools.

The annual study, commissioned by the former Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) looked at participation in PE and sport in all schools across England in 2009/10.

It reveals that nearly two in five schools (37%) now offer cheerleading as a sport, up from nearly a third (32%) in 2008/09, while more than a fifth (22%) are laying on yoga classes, compared to 21% a year ago.

Some 22% of schools now provide trampolining lessons, up from 21% a year ago, while 18% offer classes in circus skills - the same proportion as last year (2008/09).

These activities have only been included in the survey for the last two years.

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