I insisted on doing cycling proficiency. Though the only reason I won that particular argument was that I was missing art lessons to do it. I think if it had been any other class, It would have been a very firm and definite "no" from the parental units.I never got to do cycling proficiency, my mum was dead against cycling for some reason.
It did mean I based most of my school friend choices largely around whether or not they owned a bicycle, I could use.
Then got one at earliest opportunity, and never stopped cycling since.
Nothing like a streak of rebellion to spur one into action
I wasn't allowed to fo art GCSE either.