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The Learning Curve

the benefits of sports for young children
  • Primary Matters
Jenna Witcombe

Last week, The LaunchPad (our Early Years Learning Centre), Year 1 and Year 2 students took part in a highly-anticipated sports event. Students at Mougins British International School are fortunate to access a range of physical activities like this in school through our curriculum and THRIVE programme. 

Physical activity is essential for children's health and development. It helps them build strong bones and muscles, improve their cardiovascular health, and maintain a healthy weight. Not only can physical activity support children’s development, it can also benefit them in a holistic way.

Here are just a few of the benefits of sport for young children:

  • Improved physical fitness. Sports help children develop their strength, endurance, and coordination. This can lead to improved performance in other areas of their life, such as school and sports.

  • Increased self-esteem. Sports can help children develop a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. 

  • Enhanced social skills. Sports teach children how to cooperate with others, follow rules, and resolve conflict. These are all important skills that will help them succeed in school and in life.

  • Reduced stress and anxiety. Sports can be a great way for children to relieve stress and anxiety. Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects.

  • Improved sleep. Children who are physically active tend to sleep better at night.

the benefits of sports for young children


LaunchPad & KS1 Sports Day at Mougins School

Last Friday, our youngest students took part in races including a sprint race, an egg and spoon race and an obstacle course. Students represented our four houses; Renoir, Chagall, Matisse and Picasso and won points for their teams. It was a tight competition but the overall winner was Picasso! Well done to everyone who took part and displayed brilliant teamwork.

We spoke to some of the students in KS1 about the sports they enjoy. Buster in Year 2 is an avid football fan and plays in school and for a club in Mougins,

“I like playing football because it is fun and interesting and I get to spend time with my friends”. 

Sasha and Lily in Year 1 also take part in Gymnastics and Dance

“I do ballet because it is super fun and I like the teacher. I feel really happy when I do ballet."

"Gymnastics is good for me because sport is good for your body and it makes me strong and healthy”.

Help your child to saty healthy through sports

If you're looking for ways to help your child stay healthy and to look after their wellbeing, encouraging them to get involved in sports could be a possibility. There are many different sports that children of all ages can enjoy, so there's sure to be something that your child will love.


Here are a few tips for getting your child started in sports:

  • Talk to your child about their interests and find a sport that they are excited about.
  • Start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time your child spends being active.
  • Make sure your child has the appropriate gear and clothing for the sport they are participating in.
  • Be supportive and encouraging, and never force your child to participate in a sport that they don't want to do.

Please feel free to ask our specialist sports teachers for advice if you need it. They will be delighted to share their passion and experiences with you.


  • Primary