Importance of Sports in School Education

Sports and education go hand in hand. Right from the early schooling system in India to the modern era, sports has been an integral part of the curriculum.

So, what is it that makes sports so vital in school education? Why is it given so much importance by teachers and parents?

Here are top 7 lessons which students can learn from sports and implement in life:

1) Physical Strength and Fitness: A healthy body is as important as a healthy mind for the overall development of a student. Playing a sport helps students to concentrate better on studies.

2) Self-Discipline and Focus: These are the two key qualities students can develop by playing a sport. A sportsman’s career is defined by his discipline of practicing a game-technique over and over again until he achieves mastery over that skill. Similarly, a student can learn to revise the lessons repeatedly until he attains the ‘thorough knowledge’ of the lesson.

3) Teamwork: An important life skill, popular sports like cricket and football teach us the value of being a team-player. Students learn the art of working with fellow students and teachers.

4) Winning and Losing: The habit of winning can be inculcated in children by playing a competitive sport. It helps develop a positive mindset which is very important for their academic career. Also, when they lose a game, it helps them take defeat in their stride. Reviews of game strategies help rectify the mistakes made in the last game and help them come back stronger and better in the next.

5) Performance Oriented Person: Sports enhances endurance. It ensures that players prepare hard to achieve the best performance.  Taking a cue from the game, a student can also apply the techniques of goal-setting, discipline and focus to become better in studies as well.

6) Time Management Skills: Playing a time-based sport like soccer, tennis and basketball teach a player how to plan and make strategies according to crucial intervals of the game.  Engaging students in these games would enable them to prioritize their time for academics effectively.

7) Perseverance: Last but not the least; students learn the art of perseverance, the ability to rise after every defeat. Newspapers are replete with news of students taking their own lives due to failure in academics. Playing a sports inculcates a ‘never give up attitude’.

An ideal balance of sports and academics in a student’s life helps them become strong individuals. In sports, every game is a new opportunity to rise and shine and every day is a new opportunity. It builds character, develops strategic thinking, analytical thinking, risk taking, goal setting and leadership skills.

At St. Andrews School, Bengaluru, we provide excellent facilities for children to play and participate in different indoor and outdoor games. The Whitefield campus is home to international standard basketball court with snapit surface, futsal pitches and cricket field.

Sports have a strong tradition at St. Andrews and play a vital part in the life of the school. Over the years, many of our students have successfully represented the School in various inter-school competitions, CBSE Cluster Meets at regional and national levels.  Students have done St. Andrews proud by winning laurels at international meets and tournaments.

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St. Andrews School was established in 1985 to fulfill the vision of its founder, the late Mr. Louis Emanuel. He believed that 'education is a service' and his mission was to instill in young people the value of 'education for life'. Throughout its history, the school has striven to do just that. St. Andrews is committed to strong academic standards and holistic education as demonstrated through an incredible range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

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