Fewer students enrolling in Flanders’ top sport schools
A tougher selection criteria has seen dwindling numbers in Flanders’ specialised sport schools, leading some experts to question if there are too many institutions
Nine students in Hasselt
There are six top sports schools in Flanders: in Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Vilvoorde, Hasselt/Genk and Bruges. Each of them has seen student numbers decrease since 2010, except for the one in Vilvoorde, where the number remained stable.
Since 2010, the number of students in Antwerp has decreased from 150 to 127 and from 182 to 111 in Ghent. The school in Leuven has 12% fewer students and the one in Bruges 26% fewer. In Hasselt/Genk, the number of students has dropped from 120 to a mere nine.
Some education experts are asking that the number of specialised sport schools be reduced. Education minister Hilde Crevits does not agree. “It’s important that we keep giving talented youngsters the chance to prepare for a national and international sports career,” she said.
The reason for the decrease, said Crevits, is a more ambitious policy. “The selection criteria for a number of sports, like football, have been made stricter. That’s why the number of students for these sports has strongly decreased.”
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