Reasons for Participating in Sport

“Sport has the potential to add so much to a person’s all-round education.”
— Sir Trevor Brooking

What do researchers from around the world say about the importance of Sport in schools?

The evidence is very strong: Young people who are involved in regular sport and high quality physical education tend to:

  • be fitter
  • be healthier
  • do better academically
  • have better attendance
  • are better behaved
  • have positive attitude
  • have greater self belief and confidence
  • have better social and communication skills 


We asked pupils in our SSP to consider 'what is the power of sport?'

Sport has the power to:

  • Inspire

  • Motivate

  • Bring joy

  • Give hope

  • Bring people together

  • Bring nations together

  • Break down barriers

  • Give people confidence

  • Develop leaders

  • Promote education

  • Enable people to achieve

  • Promote health and wellbeing

  • Build self esteem

  • Develop social skills

  • Build communities

  • Reduce crime

  • Develop teamwork

  • Encourage positive lifestyles

  • Develop creativity

  • Develop independence

  • Promote discipline

  • Enrich lives

  • Develop determination

  • Create employment

  • Help resolve conflict

  • Encourage perseverance

  • Develop good character

  • Encourage fair play

  • Develop respect for self and others

  • Help you make friends

  • Teach you values

  • Let you have fun

  • Lift people’s spirits

  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding

  • Give a common purpose to people

  • Promote a concern for others

  • Develop communication skills

  • Develop valuable life skills 

  • Bring a nation together