Reasons for Participating in Sport


“Sport has the potential to add so much to a person’s all-round education.”
— Sir Trevor Brooking

WHAT DO RESEARCHERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD SAY ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF SPORT IN SCHOOLS?

The evidence is very strong: Young people who are involved in regular sport and high quality physical education tend to:

  • be fitter
  • be healthier
  • do better academically
  • have better attendance
  • are better behaved
  • have positive attitude
  • have greater self belief and confidence
  • have better social and communication skills

STUDENT PERSPECTIVES

We asked pupils to consider 'what is the power of sport?'

Sport has the power to:

  • Inspire
  • Motivate
  • Bring joy
  • Give hope
  • Bring people together
  • Bring nations together
  • Break down barriers
  • Give people confidence
  • Develop leaders
  • Promote education
  • Enable people to achieve
  • Promote health and wellbeing
  • Build self esteem
  • Develop social skills
  • Build communities
  • Reduce crime
  • Develop teamwork
  • Encourage positive lifestyles
  • Develop creativity
  • Develop independence
  • Promote discipline
  • Enrich lives
  • Develop determination
  • Create employment
  • Help resolve conflict
  • Encourage perseverance
  • Develop good character
  • Encourage fair play
  • Develop respect for self and others
  • Help you make friends
  • Teach you values
  • Let you have fun
  • Lift people’s spirits
  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Give a common purpose to people
  • Promote a concern for others
  • Develop communication skills
  • Develop valuable life skills 
  • Bring a nation together