Sport As ‘A School For Life’

Hello sports fans round the globe. I’m back with another topic in my column this week. It’s titled; Sport As ‘A School For Life’.
Sport is an ideal School For life. The skills learned from playing, physical education and ofcourse sport are foundational to the holistic development of young people.
These skills, such as cooperation and confidence, are essential for social cohesion and are carried throughout adult life. (see below).
Sport actively educates young people about the importance of certain key values, such as honesty, fair play, respect for self and others, and adherence to the rules and respect for their importance (see below).
It provides a forum for them to learn how to cope with competition, not only how to lose but also how to win.
Sport is a way to build understanding of the value of common bonds. For example, one benefit of encouraging traditional games is that they emphasise the importance of diversity, contribute to inclusion and help people & country to understand their own identity and those of others in a global perspective. Traditional sports and games are also usually lower in cost in terms of facilities and equipment than common sports.
I can recall those days when we participated in heated competitions such as the Principle Cup, Inter House Sports, which featured interesting events which included match pass/relay races between schools on every Independent Day back then at the Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS.
However, the aim of such programme is for young people to adopt life skills, become peer educators and contribute to their communities as positive role models.
A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing grows there.

Here are some of the skills and values learned through sport
Cooperation-Fair play
Respect for the rules-Self Esteem
Problem solving-Trust
Connection with others-Self respect
Respect for others-Resilience
Value of effort-Team work
How to win-Discipline
How to lose-Confidence
How to manage-competition

The bottom line of my argument is, if UEFA can organize such profitable social road map events i.e the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup, can the Confederation of African Football, CAF, boast of doing the same or developing a better structure for African soccer?
Now that we are watching the exciting Champions League, what knowledge are we acquiring to develop our sports in African? How long will it take us to achieve that enviable feat?
Or are we just leaving the youths to their fate, thus rearing them into gangsters? These functional groups are like those who are neck deep in various fights going on in the Northern part of Nigeria as well as those involved in kidnapping in the East. Imagine the ones in the West and the South taking a que from such dastardly acts?
It is high time to work the work and stop the talk. So, let’s get things working properly to ensure a better future for all of us.
Hope you enjoyed this piece, join me again for the next edition. Till then, have a nice day and poke in some goals.
Please, do send your reactions to
Peter Ijeh,
ULc, BSs.

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