Every week, the whole class would be lined up and two captains chosen to pick the sides for soccer. The group would slowly diminish and the familiar tension in my stomach increase as I would see the sneezing kid with the severe grass allergy, the one who hated football and the existentialist who would refuse to take part, being selected in front of me.

I realised again, that although I was dressed the part, the boy who was still wearing his school shoes would be the penultimate pick, leaving me on my own, no one able to look me in the eye as I made up the numbers in a sport that I loved (watching). 

The battle of Waterloo might have been won on the playing fields of Eton, but is forcing young people through the self-esteem crushing world of school team sports and communal showering still fit for purpose in the 21st century?

After all, it is statistically unlikely participants of netball, basketball or hockey will continue with team sports when they leave school, never mind make a career out of it. Although, 60 per cent of Australians will continue to exercise throughout their adult life.

In a comprehensive survey of 14,000 adults carried out by the UK government, soccer was the only team sport to figure in their top 10 activities, and that sat at number five.

As adults we seem to prefer non-competitive alternatives such as swimming, cycling or going to the gym; pursuits that don't require having to rustle up nine other bodies to make the game worthwhile.

Not only is it easier to organise either individual or partner sports, they are also healthier for you; racquet sports, aerobics and swimming offer arguably greater health benefits than football or rugby.

I think it is time to seriously consider redesigning school campuses. Let's remove the large gyms needed for team sports and replace them with aerobic equipment, weights machines and space for yoga mats. Too often these 'alternative' activities are being crammed into poorly ventilated side rooms as an after-thought.

The extra space created by getting rid of gym halls could also be used for larger changing facilities which would allow pupils to get showered and dressed in privacy.

Communal showering for teenagers as they hit puberty seems like some kind of cruel torment designed by a sadist.  The practice accounts for hordes of unwashed young people stinking out classrooms for the rest of the day, as their teacher subtly has all of the windows open, regardless of the season. 

I understands the counter argument: team sports build resilience as we are ejected from our comfort zones and forced to face failure or group antipathy, not to mention developing our team building skills and communication.

However, young adults have been playing team sports for centuries, while the newest generation are derided as being snowflakes due to their lack of resilience.

Whatever we think has gone wrong with our world of trigger warnings and fear of failure, team games hasn't put right.

We are experiencing a crisis of obesity in much of the developed world. By teaching younger people alternative ways to stay healthy that don't involve having their self-esteem crushed, we might inspire them to take up an activity which will give them a healthy, long life.