October 28, 2020

Why are Sports so Important for Children?

Sporting activities offer a number of benefits to children. They not only support children’s health and wellbeing, but they can also help to develop various character traits and skills, such as teamwork and resilience. 

It is important for children to be active every day and this needs to be encouraged both at school and at home.

I have teamed up with an independent day school in Abingdon to explore the many reasons why sports are so important to children…

Why is sports so important for children?

Personal growth

Within sporting activities children take part in a range of physical activities that promote a healthy and active lifestyle. These activities also help children to grow in confidence by developing a number of personal skills. As children get better at certain sports and their hard work begins to pay off on the field, this can help to cultivate a growth-mind set. This positive attitude will transpire in all other aspects of your child’s education and personal life. Older kids, in particular, will be able to evaluate their own performances and make room for improvement.


Another huge benefit of sports is the teamwork involved.  Working as a group to achieve a shared objective helps children with their ability to communicate effectively, while highlighting the importance of partnership.  Being part of a team allows children to develop close relationships with others and leaves them with a strong support system of friends they can trust.

Mental health

Stress is inevitable in a secondary school environment, where students are working towards exams, so sports are a great way for children to take a break from these pressures.  Physical activity has been proven to reduce stress because it helps to release endorphins.  Endorphins are known as the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals because they stimulate feelings of pleasure and well-being.  Furthermore, exercise can help to improve alertness and concentration, which makes PE a crucial part of your child’s education.

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