On average, a child in the urban area spends about eight hours in the school, some opt for tutorials
post-school hours; studies and school work might take up another two hours. This leaves the child with
hardly any dedicated hours for sports activities on a day to day basis.
This is mainly due to the pressures of rat-race that most of the children are often involuntarily subjected
to. Anxious parents, with best interests for their wards, unknowingly restrict the child’s exposure to mere
Even if children are exposed to extra-curricular activities, it tends to be related to academics
in the form of science or math clubs. It is heartening that few children get the opportunity to learn
music or dance or pursue hobbies related to arts and crafts. But unfortunately, very few parents give
place importance on hobbies related to sports per se.
To top it all, a new trend that has cropped up in recent times is gadget addiction even in the tiniest
of tots. A recent article in a leading newspaper stated that urban children in India spent nearly a
worrisome four hours on a daily basis on mobile phones. All the above factors have created an
environment that makes one wonder if sports in the lives of children is dying a slow death.
Fortunately, we at Samsidh, strongly believe in the phrase “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
We realize the importance and impact that sports have, especially during the formative years. Thus,
Samsidh group of educational institution has developed an innovative way of incorporating sports in the
day to day lives of the children.
Incorporating sporting activities in everyday life has immense impact on the overall development of
children. The obvious physical benefits of sports that one can reap out of involving in sports in the
growing years include – stronger muscles, bones, less body fat, stronger internal organs like
strengthening of the heart, lungs, bones, which increases their functioning capacity; increased flexibility
and higher energy levels. Feeling fit with age-appropriate weight and being energetic and active leads to
emotional benefits such as sense of calmness, well-being, and long term prevention of disorders such as
anxiety, depression, memory-related illnesses. Higher levels of concentration have also been related to
higher physical activity. Thus, physical activity not only takes care of physical well-being, it caters to
one’s mental health too.
Apart from physical and emotional well-being, it adds to personality development. Interacting with
other children in the team, build a sense of team spirit that teaches them a whole set of skills such as
critical thinking, creative thinking, decision making, problem-solving and many more, that are commonly
known as the life-skills. Working in teams also increases social skills such as self-awareness, empathy
towards other people, interpersonal skills, patience, resilience that are essential for life in the long run.
More often than what, we also see that people in leadership positions and who are highly successful are
physically more active in their lives. Mark Zuckerberg works out for three hours, Richard Branson is up
and swimming or playing tennis by 4 a.m. in the morning, Barack Obama exercises 45 mins, 6 days a
week. The list goes on. It helps them understand the dynamics of a team –the various members involved
in the team and their personalities, ways to deal with everyone’s personalities, wins, and losses, sense of
It is indeed a huge challenge, especially in urban cities and metropolitans to have dedicated space for
sports activities. That is why, at Samsidh, sports is given special preference with huge spacious grounds
and safe environment within the school premises to encourage children to play outdoors. The school
has also associated with TSG – The Sports Gurukul Academy that helps identify innate sport talent in
each child and specially train accordingly. A structured sports curriculum is followed and parents are
advised and sensitized about sports. Along with outdoor, indoor sports, health education and yoga has
also been introduced.
For more insight, visit the website or book a visit to the school online to witness the dedicated facilities
provided to outdoor sports at any of the four school centers across Bengaluru city.