The Value and Importance of Sports for Child Development

That a child needs physical development as well as mental stimulation is the firm credo for St Andrews School, one of the top CBSE schools in Bangalore. It is an accepted fact that given today’s cramped spaces, field games and physical training are mostly left to the schools to work out in an organized fashion, within the school premises.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the rate of childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years, and childhood obesity leads to a variety of health problems.  Obese and inert   children are likely to develop high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes and other problems.  Inactivity also has a negative impact on one’s self-esteem.

Thus the schools, where kids spend eight hours in a day, have an inherent responsibility and a greater onus to provide an environment conducive to both mental and physical development. Through sports and physical education, children and adolescents can learn to have a healthier lifestyle, prevent health problems and build their confidence.

Sports and games enhance children’s mental and physical growth. They also help in neutralizing the bad effects of being cooped up in front of computers, video games and television. A healthy diet and an active lifestyle will bring good results in the children’s minds and bodies. When the students are physically fit, they will achieve more academically.

Sports develop a sense of friendliness among the children and develop their team spirit. Games help in character building and provide energy and strength.  They help the children to develop the mental and physical toughness. Sports shape the young bodies and make them strong and active. Children should actively participate in sports and thus improve their blood circulation and physical well-being.

Education is incomplete without sports. At St. Andrew School, Whitefield in Bangalore – A CBSE School has a strong tradition in sports and sports are an integral part of the curriculum. Children are taught various games at a very early stage. Today, given that half of the students are addicted to junk food and unhealthy, and inactive lifestyles, sports education has become even more important. Time spent in running, walking, talking throughout the day make the children physically active.  After exhaustive lessons inside classrooms, every child looks forward to some physical exercise.

Children between the ages of 6-17 should get at least one hour of physical activity every day. Basic aerobic exercises like jumping jack and running, whether in place or on a track, are a good starting point for all age groups.  To help jump start their day St. Andrews School, Whitefield conducts some basic exercises and yoga after the assembly. Apart from this, students also benefit from the extensive playing fields available in the 10 acre Whitefield campus. It is home to modern, state-of-the-art basketball court, football and cricket fields.

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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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