Schools are the foundations in where people either learn the love for a game and they just don’t develop a passion for it. Some kids in schools play all the sports their time will allow because its more the feel of completing than the actual sport. Kids who play sports are more likely to discover their passion for it and their love for it.
There have been many positive things that can be noted when school athletics form part of a student’s life. It has seemed that when children take part in sports they have increased their academic performance, they have received valuable life skills, they are able to engage with education better and their attendance at school is also better. Some students do get left out due to low funding factors, if the sport requires payment and the cost of equipment and transportation can be great.
Sports are important way for kids to remain healthy and get some exercise into their day. For some kids, it the only exercise they get. Some studies have focused on what the effects of sport are. They look at certain aspects like confidence, competence, connections, caring and character. These are thought to be the critical components in creating positive youth development. Lifelong lessons are taught through the playing of sport such as the discipline of training, learning how to play in a team, how to follow the leadership of coaches and the most important aspect of learning to lose.
Sports with the youth provide children with opportunities for socialization, fun, forming peer relationships, athletic scholarships and physical fitness. The sports usually presented in schools are hockey, netball, swimming, rugby/American football, soccer/football, cricket, diving, etc.
In the spirit of creating healthy competition, schools will have tournaments internally and against other schools for titles or trophies. The competitions are held to allow schools to interact between each other and against each other. Inter school competitions will be held against teams created with in the school. For example, the school will be divided up between 5 teams. The 5 teams will pick their best swimmers and let them compete against each other while the school supports their swimmer in the swimming Gala. Unfortunately, sometimes this leads to team rivalries and fighting especially between schools.
Clubs can be formed for each of the sport where students can learn, participate and compete in a formal setting eg: chess clubs.
The benefits of sport are huge for any child wanting to take part in sports. There are physical benefits which include increased skill development and activity levels, the social benefits are that they make new friends and join new social groups, there is an improvement in their academics and there is a sense of belonging to. When children participate, they feel more linked to other children and their school. Students who enjoy sports do out of hours school sport at a school sports club after school or at lunchtime.
Encouraging kids to get involved in sport is difficult. With the growing age of technology, its just hard to get a child out of the house and involved in sports. This is a growing concern across the world. The problem this creates is that kids end up being very unhealthy and eating badly.