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The UK invests millions in sport, with little return in the medals tables. In this programme, we examine the Chinese system for dealing with gifted and talented young sportsmen and women.
PE expert Paul Beashel travels to Shanghai to meet the staff and pupils of a specialist sports college. Here talented children board full time, and train intensively under the expert supervision of specialist PE teachers.
In-school scientists perform dozens of medical tests on pupils and even their parents are examined to determine whether their children are likely to have the right genetic make-up to ensure success at international competition level.
The children do well in sporting and academic terms, but the regime is strict and those who don't make the grade are unceremoniously returned to mainstream schools.
It's a fascinating and ultimately successful system, but would British parents and teachers be prepared to make the sacrifices that their Chinese counterparts do in search of gold medals?
Part of the series: Professional Knowledge