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Britain's pupils are bad losers, with many parents admitting that their kids react ungraciously when they come off second best in sports activities. And Wales has the most sore losers, according to a poll. |
The UK is a nation of sore losers, according to a survey (Picture: Alamy)
Two-thirds of parents of eight-to-16-year-old pupils said their kids took losing badly in the survey by Opinion Matters, which quizzed 1,008 parents and 1,007 children.
Meanwhile, those questioned said parents also exhibited poor manners while watching their children.
Behaviour includes swearing at referees and making fun of the opposition.
British people have a reputation abroad for being good sports, but the survey, commissioned by the Marylebone Cricket Club and the Cricket Foundation, has thrown that notion into doubt.
Crying, sulking and 'getting angry with themselves', it turns out, are common reactions to losing among children, according to parents.
Meanwhile, the kids themselves revealed they'd seen teammates 'storming off', 'shouting' and 'swearing' when they'd lost. In the survey, one child describes how ‘after I beat somebody, they kicked the wall of the squash court and broke two of their toes’, while another recalls a team mate who ‘if he loses, he starts swearing loudly, then runs away and locks himself in the toilets’.