SPORTS days designed to stop children who lose being disappointed should be scrapped.
That was the call from MP Kali Mountford, who wants a return to winning ways.
The Colne Valley Labour MP has hit out at the number of schools who have made their sports days non-competitive - or even abandoned them al together - to save the feelings of children who lose.
Her views were backed by a Huddersfield sports official and by children at a school who urged staff to let them have a competitive event.
Ms Mountford believes experiencing both the glory of coming first and the heartache of missing out is important for young children.
She said: "When I was a girl I always looked forward to the sports day. It was a fun day.
"Some people have criticised the competitive element, but it does no harm so long as people do not take it too seriously.
"It is human nature to be competitive. Taking away the chance for a child to win is just silly. This is an example of a good intention gone very wrong."
Cowersley Primary, in Main Avenue, is one school that has an old- style sports day - including the favourite egg and spoon race.
Georgina Rothery, who teaches eight and nine-year-olds at the school, said the traditional sports day was what the children wanted.
She said: "We have a school council, made up of children from every year. It was these children who told us they wanted the old-style sports day back.
"We give out stickers for the first, second and third and do more serious races like relay and sprinting.
"We don't make it massively competitive. All the children take part and they all enjoy it," she added.
"It is important they learn about winning and losing. It is a part of life.
"Children are not stupid and should not be treated as though they are. They know some people are better than others at certain things. We should celebrate it when a child is good at sport."
Tony White, treasurer of the Three Valley Sports Trust, which is campaigning to build an athletics track in Golcar, thinks children should be encouraged to take part in as many sports as possible.
"Children have always done sports, whether it is athletics, football or rugby," he said.
"Sport keeps them out of trouble and keeps them fit. I can't understand why anyone would not want children to do competitive sports. It is about competing with yourself as much as others.
"Sports teach children about lots more than just winning and losing. Getting rid of sports days is like telling them not to try their best," added Mr White.