The Importance of Sports and Performing Arts in a student’s life

>> The primary benefit of a child participating in any physical sport from an early age is physical fitness

If you look around in the education space all schools these days talk about exposing the child to all round education. They include sports and performing arts as part of the curriculum and insist that every child must pick one sport and performing art.

Ever wondered why this sudden shift and talk about including all round education and not just a focus on academics… the world around us is changing faster than we can imagine. We have an uncertain future awaiting us. Jobs that were the norm years back are now being done by machines. Jobs that are available today will not exist years from now. What will make our children strong is developing the Habits of the Mind and Emotional Intelligence. What Sports and Performing arts bring to the table is this very aspect. In this article we concentrate on the importance of learning at least one sport.

Apart from the obvious benefit of sport which is improving and maintaining physical ability and skills sports brings in a lot of qualities children pick over time. Some of the important attributes that will go a long way are:

  • Improves physical Fitness: The primary benefit of a child participating in any physical sport from an early age is physical fitness. The child is always occupied and spend their energy constructively and in the bargain is slowly building his/her fitness
  • Inculcates life skills: Sports not only helps in physical fitness, it also helps the child in building important life skills. It helps the child in dealing with social situations at an early age not only with their peers, but also with adults, coaches, their seniors etc. Sports also helps them in understanding themselves better
  • Time Management: Most sports are time bound. They need to perform on the field and put their best foot forward to help their team win. This teaches children an important life skill of time management.
  • Discipline: being disciplined in life can take you a long way. To excel in a sport the child needs to continuously practice and better their skill. Thereby subtly picking up the attribute of being disciplined overtime
  • Leadership skills: In a team sport when children are given responsibility and have to take an informed decision in the favour of the team in order to eventually win, it assists them to hone their decision-making and leadership skills. Each child is a leader in their own right and everything they do will eventually lead to a win or lose. Also, when a child leads a team as a captain, he/she learns to manage each human being with their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Team spirit and sportsmanship: a team sport teaches the child that the team always comes first. The benefit of the self is always secondary. You learn to adjust with every kind of human in the team despite your likes or dislikes. This eventually will help the child as they will meet all kinds of people they will have to work with.
  • Confidence booster: Every time a child performs well or betters their craft, it increases self belief and confidence. A sport teaches children the importance of hard work and persistence.
  • Accepting defeat gracefully: winning and losing is a part of every game and as much as we like winning, putting your best foot forward and then accepting the outcome is the best lesson a child can learn.
  • Gives Mental Strength: the strength to keep going despite fatigue or being hurt only to put the best foot forward is what playing sports inculcates. Mental strength makes children go places they would have never imagined to go to.
  • Decision Making: every minute in a game the child is making decisions. To pass the ball to the left or right, or change the course to distract the opponent. Strategic decision making comes automatically to a player.

Playing sport not only helps individual, it also helps communities on the whole. It plays a role in bringing communities together, having a social and cultural impact, developing social capital and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

Having read this you will now know that when a school talks about the importance of all round education they talk after doing a lot of research and that this does help inculcate the values and life skills in your child over the course of their student life. Time to make an informed decision and not just run after academics

  • Improves physical Fitness: The primary benefit of a child participating in any physical sport from an early age is physical fitness. the child is always occupied and spend their energy constructively and in the bargain is slowly building his/her fitness
  • Inculcates life skills: Sports not only helps in physical fitness, it also helps the child in building important life skills. It helps the child in dealing with social situations at an early age not only with their peers, but also with adults, coaches, their seniors etc. Sports also helps them in understanding themselves better
  • Time Management: Most sports are time bound. They need to perform on the field and put their best foot forward to help their team win. This teaches children an important life skill of time management.
  • Discipline: being disciplined in life can take you a long way. To excel in a sport the child needs to continuously practice and better their skill. Thereby subtly picking up the attribute of being disciplined overtime
  • Leadership skills: In a team sport when children are given responsibility and have to take an informed decision in the favour of the team in order to eventually win, it assists them to hone their decision-making and leadership skills. Each child is a leader in their own right and everything they do will eventually lead to a win or lose. Also, when a child leads a team as a captain, he/she learns to manage each human being with their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Team spirit and sportsmanship: a team sport teaches the child that the team always comes first. The benefit of the self is always secondary. You learn to adjust with every kind of human in the team despite your likes or dislikes. This eventually will help the child as they will meet all kinds of people they will have to work with.
  • Confidence booster: Every time a child performs well or betters their craft, it increases self belief and confidence. A sport teaches children the importance of hard work and persistence.
  • Accepting defeat gracefully: winning and losing is a part of every game and as much as we like winning, putting your best foot forward and then accepting the outcome is the best lesson a child can learn.
  • Gives Mental Strength: the strength to keep going despite fatigue or being hurt only to put the best foot forward is what playing sports inculcates. Mental strength makes children go places they would have never imagined to go to.
  • Decision Making: every minute in a game the child is making decisions. To pass the ball to the left or right, or change the course to distract the opponent. Strategic decision making comes automatically to a player.

Playing sport not only helps individual, it also helps communities on the whole. It plays a role in bringing communities together, having a social and cultural impact, developing social capital and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

Having read this you will now know that when a school talks about the importance of all round education they talk after doing a lot of research and that this does help inculcate the values and life skills in your child over the course of their student life. Time to make an informed decision and not just run after academics.

The author is the founder of Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd

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