In Indian schools, sports and games are given less importance since it is considered merely a physical activity. But sports and games include more than just the advantages of physical activities, it enhances confidence, self-esteem, and increased focus, making them an essential part of the classroom. Games and sports should be an integral part of the life of a student. A student should study hard to be successful in different tests and exams. But he/she should also play sports for the overall development of a student.
Need of Sports in Schools:
It does provide a sense of togetherness when children participate in school sports, and being part of a group, supporting them to work in a team environment. Additionally, it lets students communicate professionally and amicably with classmates. It also helps to understand to consider teammates’ interests, and to exercise mutual understanding and gain cooperation. Working together, sharing time, mental space and other tools lead to knowing one another. It also helps take turns to play and learn how to deal with success and failure as a group and as a squad. These interactions can make companionship and lasting friendships with schoolmates much easier, which can help make kids more sociable in the future career.
Several studies have shown that children who participate in sports and recreational activities are less eager to transition into criminals. How does it work? Committing to sports lowers the amount of unmonitored free time on their hands and prevents monotony. This makes for less attractive options such as smoking, drugs and booze. It has been discovered that girls who play sports do better at school and learn the importance of setting goals, planning, making decisions all of which can be important sections of workplace success, and provide a holistic development to their overall personality.
There are several benefits to playing sports, and that tends to lead to balanced intellectual development. It teaches life skills to the children, such as interpersonal skills, team effort, management, endurance. It inculcates trust, discipline and play without transgressing the rules. It builds gamesmanship, above all, which is very important where it helps to handle both winning and losing with grace. All of these experiences and behaviours, like job, are also useful in their future lives.
Role of Schools in Sports:
Schools should provide time table and setting for both supervised and unsupervised sports. Because with the guidance of coaches in various sports, supervised session can be task related. This will help kids pick which games they want. But monitored sports could cause children of younger ages too much inconvenience. Several research teams in the western countries have ascertained the negative effects of the inflexible sporting framework in the schools. Unmonitored sports environment gives children a choice of sport and let them loose without restrictions or laws on the fields. But to guarantee the children are safe, one has to allow basic supervision. In addition, one of the main advantages of unsupervised sporting is that it allows children to construct their own teams, guidelines and so on, thus allowing fun and creative thinking to flow without adult supervision.
Little by little, educationalists and government authorities have acknowledged the importance of ‘games and athletics’ and have undertaken steps to making them an important part of the school curriculum today. And times are changing and games and sports that have only been viewed as a ‘break period.’ Now games and sports have become a modern tool that helps to grow the students’ latent sporting talents. If the government and educationalist initiatives are applied consistently, in the future one can see a different face of the students.