The Importance of Sports in Elementary School


Sports in school are extremely beneficial for many reasons. In elementary school, many children struggle with the long hours, getting cramped and restless while sitting at folding tables or desks. During recess the children get to stretch and refresh outdoors, but once they return to their stacking chairs and tables, they can quickly become lethargic and distracted.

Adding sports to the school curriculum is an excellent solution. The physical activity will help the children burn pent-up energy in an organized manner, and more than they would during free play in the playground. Sports also teach children discipline, confidence and social skills, helping them create teams and establish strong bonds both inside and outside the gym. The change of scenery also helps children re-focus their attention on school work later in the day thanks to a new flow of energy and hormones that boost concentration and confidence.

The scheduled gym classes and sports are not inconvenient for the children or their parents. In fact, parents are able to enjoy the fact that their child is getting sufficient exercise during their daily routine without having to worry about carpools and equipment for physical activities after school hours.  The children are able to store a pair of sneakers and gym pants in their school lockers for easy access, and stay healthy and energized every day.

School Resources– Inside and Outside


While some schools boast top of the line computer equipment, other schools pride themselves on having a greater focus on sports stuff. They may even have a swimming pool on site. Some schools have top basketball teachers, or even teach kids how to train to get into dance school for example. At the end of the day though, each school has some limits in their budget so it is important to see what they are spending most of their money on and how that fits in with particular child’s needs.

For example, if your focus is on the academia, you may not want your child to be sitting at banquet tables, using outdated computer software programs, or not having proper access to the classroom blackboard (which these days is actually a digital board but it is still the same idea).

The type of resources the school chooses to have will impact your child from K-12. Remember how important outdoor resources are as well. So many people focus on the academia and leave the sport to chance. But at the end of the day, it is important to give children a start into the world of fitness and correct nutrition at an early age and that can being – positively – through playing sports at school.