This week’s post from Northern Ireland is written by placement student (or intern), Garry Longfield.
People play sport for many different reasons, and those who do are reaping the benefits from it. These benefits have caused myself and many others to love sport. Listed below are just some of the benefits that cause me to love sport:
- Sport is fun! Win, lose or draw, playing sport is fun. For this reason we started to play sport, to have that sense of enjoyment and smiles on our faces. No matter what age we are, sport will always be fun.
- Great way to make new friends. Sport is an unmatched tool that brings a group of strangers together, puts them into a team and creates new friendships. You immediately have something in common from the sport you are playing, showing sport is great tool to break the ice. Celebrating a win with your friends is a great feeling.
- Get fit and healthy. Playing sport exposes you to exercise, which will give you a healthier heart and better overall fitness levels. Exercise is also a great stress and anger release. The special thing about sport is that you are improving your fitness without realising as more often than not, we are too caught up in the heat of competition to realise: an added bonus.
- Nothing else matters A sports team is often made up of people of different religions, ages, beliefs and political opinions all of which can be topic of heated discussions. However, when playing sports, the only thing that matters are your teammates and helping them out, standing by them and achieving your team’s goals together.
- Learning new skills Playing sport enables us to develop all sorts of skills including improved balance and co-ordination, quicker foot movement, improved hand-eye co-ordination, better time-keeping, better discipline, better listening and communication. A lot of the skills learned through sport are transferrable into other aspects of our lives such as our jobs or school studies.
PeacePlayers offers all of these benefits to their participants through basketball. As a coach, it is a rewarding feeling when you witness the children enjoying themselves, learning new skills and making new friends. They are proving that differences can be put aside and if you are a willing participator, you can work and play with anyone. It is fantastic that sport has the power to bring people of all ages, religions and beliefs together and unite them as one.
Is there any reason not to love sport?