Every time when it comes to sports, a common question is asked by the people that “what is the importance of sports in students life?”. We say studies are important, but we can’t neglect the importance of sports in a student’s life as it is important for our well-being.

At GD Goenka, the best CBSE School in Bhagalpur, sports is an important part of the curriculum. The school is well equipped with multi-sporting facilities that include cricket, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and other indoor games. The school not only aims to improve a student’s physical abilities but also instill a sense of good sportsmanship in them.

Given below are the reasons why sports and games are essential in a student’s life:

  • Improves physical and mental health – One of the main benefits of sports and games is to boost the physical and mental health of a student. Sports is played between teams in a healthy competitive environment which ensures that the student remains active and fit. Outdoor sports like football, cricket, tennis, swimming, running, etc, keeps the body and mind active and engaged. Indoor games like chess, badminton, and table tennis enhance the concentration level of the student. It also strengthens the immunity system of the body and energizes them.
  • Empower students with life skills – While sports not only help in developing physical and mental health, it also develops the life skills of a student’s personality. It enhances their capabilities and helps them to have a better understanding of themselves. Sports also help in developing social skills and getting along with people. They learn to interact not only with children of their age but also with adults like their coaches and seniors. Additionally, children acquire decision-making skills through various team activities.
  • Learn time management and discipline – Constructive use of time and discipline is a major characteristic of any sportsperson. If a student plays a sport, he/she needs to show the commitment of time to be in a particular place at a particular time everyday as a part of their routine. He/she must be patient, disciplined which will enable the student to cope with criticism and setbacks. Each sport has a set of rules and regulations to be followed which helps the students to stay fit and disciplined.
  • Improved leadership and team building qualities – Sports is all about teamwork. Jain Heritage School encourages team sports such as football, cricket, basketball etc. which gives an individual a sense of identity and belonging to a group. Such sports encourage children to showcase their talent and communicate with their team members. It also helps to identify and hone their leadership skills which add values to their personality.
  • Winning and losing is all part of the game – Sports is not always about winning. It is about fair play and believing in equality and justice. Losing is a part and parcel of any game and accepting defeat in a positive competitive spirit distinguishes a true sportsperson which propels him/her to strive harder the next time to achieve what he/she missed out on the previous game.
  • Boost self-confidence – Scoring a goal, hitting a six or winning a race not only makes a student happy but also it boosts their confidence. Performing in front of a crowd that is constantly noticing your each and every move can be quite unnerving. But a sportsperson is one with focus, patience, the right amount of confidence having a never-say-die attitude.

What Students can gain from Sports?

Many famous sportspersons were scholars in studies but made their career in sports and are successful too like Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble. Both these Indian Cricketers were pursuing Chartered Accountancy and Engineering respectively but dropped as they were not so good in studies, hence changed their stream and achieved a lot of success even beyond their initial expectations.

So, we can say that if you are not so good at studies or interested in some other activities, then there are many other fields which are always open for you and one of them is sports. Success in sports requires regular practice, dedication, and hard work. But all these dreams can be fulfilled with simple steps and these steps must have started from school days.

Besides such students, sports play a vital role in the growth of other students also who are not willing to make their career in sports. So, go through the below list which will exactly explain the importance of sports in the life of a student.

#1 For the Peace of Mind

As we all know that there is no better activity than sports for refreshment. When we study for the whole day, it’s quite obvious that we need a refreshing break as a lot of things are going on in our minds. So, make a habit of playing for at least an hour for peace of mind. 

#2 Sports is Directly Proportional to Health

Play for some time for proper physical health. Sports help you in maintaining good physical health. Also, sports increase self-esteem and mental alertness and this is the most effective when we involve in some sports activities at school as an early age we have a good grasping power. Games like Cricket, Tennis, table tennis, badminton, basketball, athletics, and gymnastics are the must-play games at the school level.

#3 Sports Eliminates Stress

Whenever the exam arrives, students deal with a lot of stress as they have to face a lot of pressure from both Parents and Teachers. So, we can say sports is the medicine to deal with that without affecting mental and physical health. Few rounds of Tennis, table tennis, badminton, gymnastics can help the student in dealing with the stress.

#4 Career in Sports 

Many times we have seen the students who are best at sports and not so good in studies. So, for such students who don’t have that much interest in studies can make their career in sports.

Rahul Dravid one of the famous batsmen dreamed to become a Chartered Accountant but after opening the first book, he decided to increase his efforts in sports. Think, if he didn’t change his decision to become a sportsman whether he could achieve such success? Hence, do not force yourself to work hard in studies only as there are some people who have the capability to achieve something more.

#5 Sports for Higher Studies

The most depressing time comes when it comes to admission for higher studies because sometimes the toppers also don’t get admission into their desirable University/ college but an average student gets. This is because of the sports quota. A good performance in sports at the school level can be helpful for admission to top universities/ colleges. So, we can say sports is sometimes very beneficial when comes to higher studies.

#6 Sports Help in Building Skills

There are various games played at the school level but the most common are Cricket, Football, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Athletics, and Gymnastics. In all these games there are some skills that develop into you when you involve in that game. Skills like teamwork, leadership, patience, discipline, perseverance, learning from failure, Sportsmanship, etc are developed when we play sports regularly and these skills are equally important when it comes to studies and management. So, we can call sports a crucial thing when it comes to skill building.

#7 Sports Make a Person Emotionally Strong

Sports teaches a person to deal with all kind of emotional issues and definitely, we all have to deal with some emotional issues in our life either at home or in the workplace. The skill we develop through sports helps us to accept all defeats as well as wins. Hence, a sportsperson is in a much better position to deal with tough situations.

#8 Sports Enhances Social Relationships

The students who are very much engaged in sports activities have a bonding capability. In sports, they have to work as a team, which teaches them how to enhance a social relationship. This is also an important parameter of life.

At last, we have to come to a conclusion and that is studies are important for a better future but you can achieve the same goal with your sporting capacity also. Only one of the two will not lead you to your goal. So, you should get the habit of playing from the early school days and carry on this as much as you can. Choose a school where sports and other curricular activities are given similar importance as studies.