Sports are great for developing a pupil’s character and moral principles through fair play; this is evident in any sport or activity they take part in at school. The importance of teamwork and working together with peers and teammates is a life skill that will stay with them through all their future endeavours, and their involvement teaches vital lessons about team spirit. Children who play competitive sports learn to win with class and lose with dignity, preparing them for whatever life might throw at them in years to come. Often, pupils will learn from their failures and use it as motivation to work even harder next time, which is a valuable life lesson in itself.

Engaging in sporting activities at schools gives children the opportunity to interact with other children, who they may not have met had they not participated in the sports or games. The fact that these individuals are interested in the same sports means they are likely to share similar interests, creating a solid framework for years of friendship in the future. Alternatively, sport brings people from all walks of life together, and any pre-existing stereotypes are left off the playing field. Sporting context is a key learning environment for children, as they learn to respect authority, rules, teammates and opponents. It is this appreciation for rules and regulations that helps to shape their future acknowledgement of working environments, enabling a smooth transition into the different styles of a workplace. Engaging in sports and games helps to improve concentration, and multiple studies demonstrate that even short spans of physical activity can increase the duration and intensity of concentration. If your child finds it difficult to stay focused while completing homework, why not postpone it until after a swimming lesson or a kick around at the park with friends? It is likely to lead to a better result.

Pupils’ health and wellbeing is of paramount importance at all schools, and a healthy relationship with sports helps them to manage their emotions. Not only does participation in sports and games build positive self-esteem in pupils, but it can also contribute to reducing stress and increasing feelings of both physical and mental well-being.

While they may want to be lazy and not participate in sports, it is important that as a parent you urge them to be active in sports by showing them the benefits accruing to being sporty not just in the short time but even right up to their adult life.

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