It is widely acknowledged today that sports and being more active physically does have a number of health benefits for children when they grow up.
But in addition to the benefits for your children’s health from sports, sports can also help to promote areas qualities in your children that they cannot normally get from conventional classes. Think about qualities such as teamwork where sports is just ideal.
Because of those above outlined reasons sports should be important to you and your children. Unfortunately, not all schools in the United Kingdom are necessarily ideal when it comes to sports.
If sports plays a big role in your family (and it really should!) here is what you can do before you choose on a school for your children:
Always call up the school before you enroll your children and ask them about their sports-related classes and facilities. Ask them whether they have soccer teams, swim teams, hockey teams and so forth. Does the school have their own sports facilities such as a gym, running track and a pool?
Those can all be indications about what priorities sports will have in a school that you have in mind.
However, even after you called up the school, visit them in person. You obviously want to bring your children with you for that initial visit. Take your time to not only talk with their staff but also their pupils. If the school has sports facilities you should inspect them. Sometimes, a school may well tell you that they offer this or that but won’t exactly let you know if their facilities are outdated or in disrepair. So make sure you take a look yourself and don’t just take their word for it.
There are many great private schools in the United Kingdom but they can obviously differ in terms of what they offer. Sports is certainly among those things that’s not equal in all our schools. For my own children I chose one of the better schools here in the area, the Kingshottschool. It is a reputable private school Hertfordshire that also has an excellent selection when it comes to sports. My children couldn’t be happier.