Exercise has a key role in maintaining the health and well-being of the body. Regular activity is a necessary element to keep the body active and energetic, and sports play the same role in the academic life of a student. With newer games and athletics being introduced in the sports dictionary, educational institutions are keen on imparting the same amongst its students. A scholar should study hard to be successful in various tests and examinations, but should also get involved in playing games to derive the health and vigour of life. The school curriculum is evolving with such new facets coming in limelight. ODM Public School, Bhubaneswar lays a strong emphasis on sports and the physical development of the children.
Discipline: Every sports activity requires an individual to be disciplined. There is a set of rules and regulations that come along with the game. ODM Public School, Bhubaneswar have sports teams for cricket, football, kho-kho, table tennis, martial arts like judo- karate, taekwondo, etc. and encourage its students to become part of the same. Such sports, physical training & exercise help students become active and disciplined.
Sportsmanship: An important characteristic that children are lacking these days is patience and humbleness and to not lose their temper now and then. Sportsmanship is about controlling one’s emotions and being there for the team before oneself. Furthermore, it helps to take turns to play and learn to cope with success and failure as a group and a team. Playing sports teaches one and all sportsmanship, and teaches how to be strong and persistent in the times of failure.
Perseverance: Direction comes along with continuous dedication and willingness to win, aim to top amongst its peers, and keep the child going. Children learn how to stay determined in their game while playing with other children. Sports improve the perseverance of kids. In order to win, the child should work hard and be patient while practicing, which will help him/her to achieve success in life.
Vigour of Life: When the child participates in school sports, it provides them with a sense of belonging, enabling them to play with a group, and to work with them in an environment. This inculcates in the child the feeling of being wanted and develops the confidence to face the world on their own. Wanting to accomplish something in life keep with the support of people around you, adds excitement in the child’s life.
Situational Analysis: Playing sports is a continual process that keeps the whole team involved. It is about winning, and the journey of the win. Sports are very competitive, asks a lot of involvement from its players. To win a game, the players have to strategize and understand the psychique of the opponent and create a plan to dodge and make the move work. To develop situational skills in child sports play a very crucial role.
Personal Health: One of the most essential outcomes of sports is it improves the physical and mental health of the child. Running clears the head and allows positive thoughts to enter the brain. Rigorous physical activities strengthen the heart and also regulate blood cholesterol levels in the body. The child grows with the habit of taking care of him/her and feel inspired to do the same for life.
Sports also result in the improvement of confidence, self-esteem for some students who are not strong in academics. It helps to strengthen their belief system, which may result in improved academic performance. It also serves as the best icebreaker for fresh students and helps in friendship and faster assimilation. Therefore taking into consideration all these merits, the schools should include a sports environment with proper facilities, dedicated instructors and time to help their students pursue sports.