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10 reasons why Physical Education is so important in schools

At Chester College International School in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, we know the many benefits sports can bring and we give Physical Education classes the priority they deserve. That is why every student currently takes part in a daily sports session as part of their academic timetable.

Below are 10 reasons (we could think of many more!) why Physical Education is essential in schools:

  1. Students who play sports are better able to concentrate and maintain focus, which has a positive impact on their academic life. This can lead to improved attainment in all other academic subjects.
  2. Regular exercise is vital in the fight against child obesity. We all know the many health problems that are associated with obesity and how important it is to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Positive exercise habits that are implemented in childhood and adolescence will likely continue into adulthood.
  3. Students who exercise regularly have a better quality of sleep. They are therefore more alert at school and have higher levels of concentration.
  4. Physical exercise helps children relieve stress and anxiety. Young people today are arguably under more pressure than ever, so it is vital for them to have an outlet for this stress.
  5. Playing sports in groups help young people to improve their teamwork and leadership skills. It also helps to form stronger bonds between peers and promotes a healthy class dynamic.
  6. Physical activity promotes positive body image in teenagers, especially amongst women and girls. In this age of social media and societal pressure to look a certain way, this is of utmost importance.
  7. Sports teaches children to have improved self discipline. They can implement this self control in all aspects of their life, from better controlling their emotions to being more self motivated with their studies.
  8. PE helps children to develop their confidence. This can have a positive aspect on all areas of their life, such as their personal relationships and ability to integrate quickly and make friends, to thinking about their future goals.
  9. Sport helps children develop their motor skills and strengthen their muscles. When fine motor skills are developed, children will be more adept at handwriting or playing a musical instrument.
  10.  Children who play regular sports have improved behaviour in school. 

Voilá! Can you think of any more reasons? Drop as a line!