Why not create annual inter-school leagues?

SPORTS is an important part of a student’s life.

Participation in sports and other physical activities can have many benefits for students.

Sports offers children a change from the monotony of their daily life. It is also a useful means of entertainment and physical activity.

It instils lessons that are essential in the life of a student such as discipline, time-keeping, teamwork and many more.

With the popularity of sports such as football and basketball, perhaps schools in Brunei can incorporate organised sports such as weekly league matches (held over a year) between schools from middle school and onwards.

Having school-based sports leagues allows students to learn to represent their community in the field or court.

These athletes learn the fun of team rivalries and revel in the praise of a job well done for their school.

Student will benefit from the active lifestyle by having better fitness through training sessions in preparations of league matches.

Studies done in the west suggest that student athletes are less likely to participate in unhealthy or risky behaviour when they are playing sports.

Students are less likely to eat junk food and they will be fit by pursuing an active lifestyle.

This can help tackle the endemic obesity rate plaguing the country.

A study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise in August, 2007 found that students who were active in sports such as football performed 10 per cent better in core subjects like maths and science.

By introducing league matches for team sports, students can also learn to work together towards a common goal.

Students learn first-hand how their performance impacts the rest of the team.

They can find their place, whether it is to be a leader of the team or to play a supporting role.

They also learn valuable leadership skills. Senior students are expected to encourage younger team members and hold them accountable.

They set an example and often provide advice and guidance both on and off the field.

With the introduction of inter-school leagues, students can forge close friendships with teammates or those from other schools.

These relationships are essential for mental, emotional and physical health throughout the school years.

Students bond together over a common passion, and the time they spend together at practice and games builds tight bonds and social networks that can help after graduation.

Inter-school leagues are not only beneficial for students and their schools, but also for the country.

This can help spotting potential stars for the national teams or for the domestic league.

– Wishing For Domestic School League