Simon Heffer cites the Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission’s recent research, Elitist Britain 2019, in a piece for the Telegraph.
“Last week the Sutton Trust, a charity that normally concerns itself with the pursuit of equality rather than with cricket, published with the Social Mobility Commission a report entitled Elitist Britain 2019, which showed (to no-one’s surprise) that the better a start in life one had, the better one tended to do. This, according to the report, is just as true in sport as in, say, high finance, the media or politics.
The Trust and the SMC looked at three team sports – cricket, football and rugby union – and found that a private education (enjoyed by around seven per cent of school pupils) conferred a huge advantage on would-be sportsmen. Of those three sports, cricket and rugby have traditionally drawn a significant proportion of players at the highest level from those with public school backgrounds, but now it is starting to become disproportionate. Although only seven per cent attend a private school, 43 per cent who have played cricket for England in the last year had that privilege. Only (and this too is no surprise) in men’s and women’s football were the privately-educated under-represented.”