June 09, 2022 Vega Schools Academics
Why playing sports for fun is so important for kids
In school, you could have possibly picked up sports because of the love of it, but as you get better, the primary thing that everyone wants to focus on is you becoming better, and why not. We all should do justice to what skills we have.
Here is when the coach or physical education teacher comes in, who, even with the best of intentions, is starting to make everything more regimental with the intent to keep you improving. The fun is slowly going out.
As you start moving up from the class team to the school team and then further up to represent your district, the pressure is on performance, not on fun and enjoyment. By now it’s become a chore, if it wasn’t already one.
Elders, parents and coaches are often yelling at you or each other so that your results can improve, whether justified or not. They all want you to win because they had a dream to win that for themselves, their school, district, state or country. You don’t really matter. Darren can recall playing football (soccer) for a local team when he was a teenager, where every week he would witness pushy and often angry parents either shouting at their children, other’s children, or each other! This was all in the pursuit of what they thought would help their children perform better. The ones who excel at a sport because they are talented or enjoy doing it are the only ones who carry on doing it. They are the fortunate few. They have mentors and coaches who help them enjoy the journey rather than get bothered by the results.
Sports Exercise Medicine Expert and Author
Leadership Board Vega Schools
Gurgaon Parents and top Gurgaon Schools who work hard to create structures should keep in mind that ultimately ‘fun’ is the source of motivation, which leads to deeper interest and purpose.
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