While writing the essay on this topic, please keep the below given points in mind.
(2) Games as a Part of Education.
(3) Advantages of Games and Sports.
(4) Disadvantages of Games.
(5) Provisions for Games and Sports in Schools.
The place of games and sports in the life of human beings is great. There is a very old saying that “Health is Wealth”. One can build has body by playing games as it provides exercise in open and fresh air. All work and no play makes a person dull. Exercise gives life and energy to the mind and the body of the people and helps to keep them fit. Exercises, walking, jogging and yoga are the parts of every games and sports and these help to build up the body of the people.
Games and sports are a very necessary part of education. As we know the aim of education is all round development — physical, mental and moral of a student. Only a sound body can have a sound mind.
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Mind cannot be stronger if the body is weak. A good student must take care of all the things. He must give time to his studies, but he should not neglect games. He should follow a general principle “work, while you work, play, while you play, that is the way to be happy and gay.” In the past there was no provision for games and sports in India schools and colleges. But, now no educational institution is complete without some arrangement for different games and sports.
Games and sports have many advantages. They improve health and help in building up a good body. As games are played in the open air, the body gets plenty of sunshine and fresh air. The value of good health is well expressed in the proverb— “A sound mind in a sound body.” Hockey, football and other games provide better health.
Games have another advantage. They develop a spirit of friendship. Players do not play for themselves only but for the team as a whole. The dedication and skill displayed by every player on the field is worth watching. A sportsman develops a broad outlook and learns the value of cooperative work. These habits prove highly useful in life. Team spirit among the players should be followed by each and every person to make the earth a better place to live in.
Besides comradeship and team spirit games provide good training in discipline and organization. Games teach us discipline and sportsmanship. A sportsman treats victory and defeat equally. Games provide a good training for playing the game of life. A true player is unmindful of joys and sorrows. We learn to laugh in the face of failures. We do not feel proud at success.
Sportsmanship approach towards life helps us to face the challenges in life with a brave spirit. It gives the best education in the art of living. The spirit of sportsmanship helps in the formation of character. The player learns the value of showing respect to his elders and teammates. Players learn to obey their captain and carry out his instructions.
Games teach us the art of leadership also. The captain wins the hearts of his team through love, sympathy and fair play. In this way games produce the best citizens of tomorrow. Games provide a good excitement in dull life of students we can make the best use of leisure by playing games. They also let off the surplus energy of young men.
If this surplus energy does not come out the result would be mischief and indiscipline. Students must be kept busy when they are not studying. Games often help in entering life. Extraordinary players choose games as their profession in life. Sometimes they are selected to represent their country in international tournaments and Olympic Games.
In our schools, however games and sports are a neglected subject today. Many schools have no proper arrangement for games. Games should be made compulsory for every student in every school. Education should mean a perfect balance of imparting physical and academic education to the child education without games in incomplete in order to make a full man of a student. School should give due importance to games and sports. The state should allocate sufficient funds for the promotions of sports in the country.
But, there are some disadvantages of the games too. People attach to much importance to them. Games tend to become an end in themselves. It also prove harmful to study, if too much attention is paid to them. It often happens that many promising students sacrifice their careers by giving too much time to games.
To conclude games are necessary. But, too much cultivation of games has harmful results. Seeing the positive impact of games and sports in life and education parents should help children include games in their daily routine. A game even an hour a day, could benefit the child in his physical and mental development. There is a need for maintaining a perfect balance between the studies and sports. ‘Healthy and Wise’ citizens of a country can hope to be wealthy and prosperous.
The value of games and sports
We are all familiar with the maxim, Health is wealth. According to the world health organization, Health is state of complete physical, mental, social as well as spiritual well being of an individual and not merely the absence of disease. Academics serve the purpose of nourishing the mind. But a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. One can develop and maintain a healthy body by actively participating in games and sports.
Games keep our body alert, active, youthful and energetic. They instill in us a spirit of adventure. Games increase the circulation of blood, boost metabolism, burn calories and improve lthe respiration and digestive system. A healthy person can work hard cheerfully for a long period of time, and can face dangers boldly. Games also instilling the players the spirit so self reliance, self confidence, justice, and fair play. They enable them to cultivate other virtues like discipline, honesity, integrity, loyalty and patriotic,.
While playing games various exercises are performed automatically and one need not join a gymnasium for this purpose. Brisk walking, running, cycling, skipping, swimming and yoga are common activities to keep oneself fit. They also tone up the body of both the young and the old. Mild exercises are beneficial for patients recovering from heart attack and those who suffer from obesity, diabetes, blood pressure, etc. exercise invigorates the mind and the body and helps to keep one fit.
Games generate a feeling of sportsmanship and broaden one’s outlook. They are very essential for the students. In our schools, however, games and sports are not given much importance. some schools cannot afford funds for sports equipment while most schools do not have a playground. Even parents want their children to complete their home assignments after school hours rather than play games. They fail to realize that games make children strong both mentally and physically. Many school children become obese due to lack of participating in games. Obesity puts them in the high risk category of contracting diseases like diabetes, heart aliments, etc. the educational system needs to be reformed, and equal importance needs to be given to sports and games.
Lack of concern of the general public and authorities for sports and games is evident from our country’s poor performance in international sports events. In Beijing Olympics, India’s best ever performance of winning one gold and two bronze medals. We are far behind other countries in a number of games. Moreover, in the absence of funds and facililties, the players are unable to use their talent and energy in a productive manner. For example, hockey is mostly played on grass courts in india. There is also a lack of training of international standard. The players lack motivation. They are unawre of the diet they should follow to keep themselves fit. Cricket is the only game which is given importance.
No doubts sports have plenty of avantage but they also have some drawbacks. Some sportsmen lose their limbs, frature their legs or get permanently disable whileplaying games. Many students take too much interest in games and ignore their studies.
The government has formulated a National Sports Policy,2001.it promotes a liking for sports among public at large. It aims at the development infrastructure and the provision of better coaching facilities.
Seventy percent of our population lives in villages. To popularize games and tap hidden talent in rural areas, the rural sports programme was launched in 1970-71. The scheme has been revised. Grants to sports have been increased. Sports scholarships are given to talented boys and girls.
Effective measures should be taken to ensure people active participation in games. The government should evolve a long term national sports policy children should be informed about the advantages of games. They should be made to play games regularly. Training facilities for various games should be introduced. The existing training facilities should be upgraded and example expanded. The selection of players for national and international games should be fair. The government has introduced a scheme related to talent search and training. Under this schem, assistance is provided to promising sportspersons for training and training cum competitions is india and abroad, for purchase of equipment and scientists, doctors, masseurs etc. are slso assisted for undergoing specialized training and for attending seminar conferences andmajor international sports events and for appearing in qualifying examinations. Various awards like rajiv Gandhi khel ratna award, Arjuna Award, Dhyanchand Award, Dronacharya Award, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy, Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Award etc. are given for the spectacularand outstanding performanceof the sportspersons for higher achievements and to attract the younger generation to take sports as a career. The participationin sports and games will improve the overall health of the nation and its citizens.