Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” – Nelson Mandela
The many benefits of sport on health and important life skills are well documented. Many people have remarked on the way sport can give confidence or sportsmanship skills, and how it helps people learn teamwork, but for me sport does more than this. Sport has many hidden facets that are key life characteristics and traits that are often highlighted far away from the realms of the games pitch, netball court or swimming pool. Regardless of ability, sport has the power to permeate all. Given the time, support and guidance these skills/characteristics will form the back bone of each individual.
Sport gives a safe environment that has naturally occurring situations that will test each individual. One of the biggest life skills that sport helps develop strength in, is dealing with mistakes, failure or setbacks. Sport by its very nature throws setbacks at you from the off, and failure or a mistake is close at every moment of practise or competition. Mistakes are the lifeblood of learning. Harnessing these learning opportunities will enable each person to better themselves if the situation were to occur again.
Finally for me, within our Sports and PE department here at Cumnor House, we have the greatest opportunity to effect the future lifestyles of our pupils. Giving all our pupils the drive to go out and enjoy being active is by far the greatest gift we must give each child that leaves us. Some will have the drive to become elite sportspersons, some will have the drive to continue to play competitively, and I truly hope that all will have the drive to continue to participate in sport well into their adult lives.
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” Plato
Director of Sport
Outstanding professional photos of our sporting events and tournaments are available from DE Photos. The password is available from the school office.