Sports and physical activities play an integral part in the education and health of children. Exposure to these activities at a young age can help give children a healthier start in life, and discover a type of exercise they like and want to participate further. In this guide we consider the sports offered in boarding schools in the UK, and the benefits of working together as a team.
Boarding schools offer a vast array of sports and physical activities to their students, often more than not and day boarding schools can. The private financing boarding schools get, which may be allocated as the school board sees fit, can mean there's more flexibility and opportunity for those children enrolled in such a school, compared to their non-boarding counterparts.
One boarding school in the south of England, and possibly many more, provide a games lesson to each school year, each afternoon Monday to Friday. These games vary based on the season, with summer sports like cricket and swimming being substituted by baseball, soccer, and rugby in the colder months.
Schools committing so much time to physical education will often have top of the range sports facilities including a sports hall catering for a variety of sports like badminton, basketball, netball, and indoor soccer, in addition to all-weather surfaces outside for sports like hockey, tennis, and netball.
Based on the location of the boarding school other sports might be available to students. Those near the coast could be provided the opportunity to try sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing, and other aquatic sports.