They think it’s all over…
… it is now! Well, nearly. As the dust settles from the last inter-house competition of the year, Sports Day, and the termination of our school year, Festival Day, is just around the corner, the summer holidays finally loom.
As yet another week brings yet another government report on how some state school pupils are missing out by not having opportunities for competitive sport I think of our Sports Day. Blessed by the sunshine, I witnessed determination, resilience, team work and sportsmanship in great abundance and, most importantly, more often than not from the runners up as well as the winners. Just as important as giving our artists, scientists, musicians, philosophers, linguists and thespians opportunities to develop and excel, are opportunities for our athletes too. And excel our athletes did … the number of school records being broken apparently itself being a record number.
The idea of sport being an ideal way to develop “character” is frequently dismissed as old fashioned. Do you really become determined by playing netball? Do you become hard working by playing rounders? Become honest and fair minded by running on Sports Day?
It may surprise some that I am not so sure about that. What I do think sport does is reveal character and it gives another opportunity to show possession of certain qualities. But most importantly sport is not the only way these virtues can be revealed and developed, and that is why opportunities must be given in as many other ways as possible. With all-round opportunities comes the all-round development which is what our school is so much about. Sport is just one of many such opportunities.
– See more at Cobham Hall Headmaster’s Blog