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The Importance of Sports in Schools

When thinking about your child’s education, you may not regard PE to be a particularly important subject. Especially when compared with academics like English, maths, and science.  However, there are lots of benefits to sports in schools. PE lessons can help your child with their overall development in various ways. I have teamed up with a private school in Buckinghamshire to explore the importance of sports in schools in further detail below.

Improves Social Skills

Team sports, in particular, are great for helping young people develop strong social skills. They must communicate effectively with their team in order to reach a common goal, supporting one another. This is true even if things don’t go to plan. They must also take on board constructive criticism and guidance from their coach, without getting upset.

Boosts Self-Esteem

When children reach a new personal best or win a sporting match, they are given a well-deserved confidence boost. Confidence is important because its what allows youngsters to take risks, persevere and engage in classroom discussions.

Teaches Perseverance

Nobody becomes a pro athlete overnight; it takes time and dedication. That’s why sports are great for teaching children the value of perseverance. Giving up at the first sign of trouble won’t get them anywhere in life. So if they understand how important it is to persevere, they will be in a good position across all of their school subjects and should try their best no matter what.

Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

Spending several hours a day, five days a week, sitting at a desk is not conducive of healthy living. Children need to run around, exercise and blow of some steam. This is one of the many benefits of PE lessons. Not only is exercise great for physical fitness, it also helps with mental health because it encourages the production of mood boosting endorphins.

Sarah

This is a collaborative post

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