The Benefits of Sports in Schools

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Aside from the obvious physical benefits sports provides, there are many other ways it helps with a child’s development. School provides a safe and structured environment for children to experiment with different sports and see what they like and are good at. It can also be quite exciting for children to get out of their normal learning environment to blow off some steam and see things from a different perspective. This private school in Wiltshire outlines some of the key benefits children get from playing sports in schools. 

Social skills

Many sports are played in teams, such as football or netball, and this will provide your child with an opportunity to interact with other children, including those they might not normally socialise with. This will help develop their interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills. It may also boost your child’s confidence and self-esteem as they learn to support others and be supported in return and work together to meet a common objective. 

Discipline and structure

Sports have rules that must be adhered to and all team members have their own particular role to play within the overall team structure. In addition, there is often a coach to listen to and obey. This teaches children that everyone has to put in effort and play their part within the boundaries of the game. Through sports children learn about discipline and respect, which may carry over into the classroom environment and the working world later in life. 

Mental health

Playing sports and being physically active can help reduce the stress and anxiety some children feel, especially if it happens outside in the fresh air. It can provide a much-needed break from intense classroom-based learning and can be a good outlet for anger and other uncomfortable emotions children might be experiencing.  

Healthy competition

Taking part in sports will teach your child about healthy competition and the principles of fair play and humility, which will stand them in good stead later in life. This can also motivate them to concentrate and contribute more in the classroom, and perhaps embrace a bit of healthy competition in that environment as well. 

Your child will be given the opportunity to try out different sports in school and, as long as they’re not being put under too much pressure, this will help develop their teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills. It will also have a positive effect on their physical and mental health. 

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