5. Develop Team and Leadership Skills
Any successful team is made up of individuals who can work with others. Teamwork is a vital skill in the working world, and physical education is often the earliest exposure children have to it.
Many sports teams espouse the importance of the team over the individual. Your child will be able to contribute to a team environment and see first-hand how important it is to succeed.
As they develop, they might also be exposed to a leadership position, such as the team captain. Decision making is key to being a good leader. Sports are an excellent channel for improving this skill, with decisions having to be made and communicated regularly to other team members.
In the working world, knowing how to fit into a team environment is one of the first things employers will look for. As they progress, their experience leading teams will also be critical to working their way up the employment ladder.
6. Instil Patience, Discipline and Perseverance
Failure is an undervalued part of sport. It takes perseverance and hard work to succeed in life, and sport is one of the best channels to display these virtues. The simplistic nature of sport, where there are identifiable winners and losers, leads to natural highs and lows – something that children need to be prepared for later in life.
Sport is a great way to display how hard work pays. Perseverance and a never-give-up attitude will be needed to succeed in all walks of life. Through sports your child will learn the benefits of working hard to achieve their goals.
Impact of Sports on Learning
The positive impact of sport stretches far beyond the physical. Exercise and sporting activity can have significant knock-on effects on other areas of a child’s academic performance.
Engaging a child in their work is one of the biggest challenges a schoolteacher is presented with. A study from VU University in the Netherlands showed how exercising can improve the attention span of school pupils, and a report from the Pediatrics Journal showed how students who exercise after school can improve their executive control.
The hippocampus is the part of the brain that’s responsible for learning and memory. A study published in the Brain Research journal found that regular exercise helped to grow this part of the brain. Consistent cardiovascular-based exercise is therefore linked to better brain functionality and improved memory.
Adding to sharper brains and a better capacity to retain information, studies have also discovered how our creativity is boosted by simple exercises such as leisurely walking. Specifically, the experiment by Stanford University found an improvement in divergent thinking, which is concerned with out-of-the-box idea creation rather than identifying a correct answer to a question.
Put all the above together, and you have children that are much more capable to achieve in the classroom – something which is supported by science. The University of Illinois found a strong relationship between the fitness of children and their performance academically.
Physical education is an integral part of your child’s education at Compass International School. Through our PE and swimming classes and extensive sporting extra-curricular activities, your child reap the benefits of physical education at our school.