Mima Williams: 19/12/16
As a whole, the human body functions so exquisitely on its own that we sometimes question why the most popular sports are the ones where we work as a team. But the reasoning is quite simple- it’s more enjoyable. When a group of people is able to work together successfully, which is a harder task than individual sports, it makes us feel better. We are made to feel a part of something, so as well as the natural endorphins released through exercise, we are made to feel happy that we have contributed to something successful.
Setting aside the obvious reason for the advantages of team sports, it provides an entirely new set of friends that would not usually be open to us. Suddenly people that you would never usually talk to are shouting at you to get the ball, or telling you that you played great or giving you advice on how to improve. Your team becomes your family, no matter how cringy that sounds. And as well as time on the pitch you have time off it, whether that’s eating match teas, talking through tactics or even chatting in the cold on the side of the pitch.
Match days are nothing to underestimate. Yes, there are going to be days when you have to travel a few hours to get to an away game but there’s also going to be days when you arrive at a match and work so well together that your hard work pays off and the game goes your way. If it doesn’t then your entire team will have learnt new ways to improve their play in preparation for the next match.
Team sports are especially beneficial to younger children. They can help children overcome shyness and isolation. A team is required to work together and share the same overall goal, which means everybody has to be involved. When kids are made to feel a part of something, it improves their self-esteem, well being and confidence, areas that are difficult to refine. Therefore, team sports are something that perhaps everyone should try at least once in their life.