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The importance of sports in schools

Sports are too often undervalued in our educational establishments, where it is seen as not being as rigorous or valuable as academic subjects. However,sports are an incredibly important part of any individual's early life, and as such, deserves an important place on any school curriculum. A child who is not given the opportunity to play sports at school may never pursue any kind of physical exercise in adult life: for many, school is where the enjoyment and benefits of sports is first revealed to them. The element of enjoyment is important: sports should be fun. Anyone who plays a sport knows that it can be immensely rewarding, but our first experience of sports at school often conditions our attitude towards it in later life. If our experience is traumatic, or just plain boring, t...