The Benefits of Sports in School*



*This is a collaborative post*
 

Physical education (PE) in schools is important for various reasons. Of course, the most obvious benefit is that it is great for a child’s health and fitness, but it’s also a chance for them to develop a range of key skills and character traits. For instance, at this international sixth form, sport is believed to aid self-discipline, resilience, and perseverance.


Boosts Confidence


Unfortunately, not all children have access to a large enough (and safe enough) outdoor space in which they can blow off some steam and get some exercise, which is why sports are such a crucial element of school life. In PE lessons, teachers are able to observe first-hand the maturation and rising confidence of their students as their efforts pay off on the field. When they score a goal or win a game, they get a well-deserved self-esteem boost. This is fantastic because confidence can transpire in all aspects of a child’s life, both in an academic sense and on a personal level. 


Self-Reflection


Another benefit of sports, particularly for older students, is that it gives children the opportunity to reflect and refocus. In other words, they can start to become more proficient at evaluating their own performances to make room for improvement. This is a fantastic skill to carry through life, as it’s important to be able to admit to ourselves where we’ve gone wrong, but also what our strengths are. 


Teamwork


Many sporting activities involve teamwork; a group of students must work together to reach a mutual goal. This involves effective communication, compromise, and support. It underlines the significance of camaraderie. Being able to work well as part of a team and communicate with one’s peers, even if we don’t necessarily like them, is another crucial skill and one that will benefit young people as they grow up and enter the world of work.

 

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