Sports are vital to ensure the holistic development of kids as it fosters their physical, social and emotional health. Physical activity and sports have an educational impact and hence, the value of the educational benefits of sport should not be underestimated.
Physical Education in Schools:
It is crucial to provide physical education both inside and outside of schools to help preschoolers learn and develop life skills. But, the focus in schools has become quite narrow and physical activity has nearly gone from most schools. When kids get home, their days include more sitting around playing games and watching television. This has led to increased health problems. Because of this children miss out on so many opportunities that sports have to offer.
The Positive Benefits of Sports:
Sports and physical activity can have various positive benefits on the education of kids. Through participating in physical education, preschoolers develop various skills such as:
- Motor skills development.
- Educational potential.
- Fair play.
- Respect for one and others.
- Adherence to rules.
- Fair play.
- Confidence development.
From soccer and basketball, where children learn how to dribble a ball to reach a goal, to basic children’s games like Red Rover or races; each type of activity gives kids a chance to think in terms of how to succeed.
Even when a child is not the winner of a contest or event, that child can still see marked improvement over time. Winning is not the only gauge of progress, which is why it is important to have goals for kids to show improvement. As a child goes from being unable to finish a single lap to running a fun run, they will feel better about themselves, as well as learn how to work towards a goal.