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How relationships are built through sport

Posted by John Allen on Sep 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Building relationships through sportWe all know that participating in sport leads to improved health outcomes, but did you know that sport can also enhance the personal and social skills that form the basis of healthy, respectful relationships? A meaningful sport programme in school should be inclusive and value diversity. Collaborating with a range of different people, celebrating success and dealing with disappointment can help students form their moral behaviour and develop character.

At Trinity, the School’s Mission and Sport Code of Conduct provide a scaffold for this development. They point to the tone and behaviour that promotes respect for team-mates, coaches, opponents and officials. Mutual respect is the basis of strong relationships. The interaction with a range of people outside of one’s own social group through the shared experience of sport can be very enriching and effective in abolishing prejudice and promoting acceptance and respect.

Central to establishing an environment that facilitates relationship building through sport, is the quality of the people that uphold the Mission and the Code. Sport coaches who prioritise education and learning through sport above results, are the key. Coaches who affirm effort, a growth mind set, quality communication and selflessness above selfishness exemplify attributes that cultivate good, respectful relationships.

The development of effective and respectful communication with peers and coaches, the requisite commitment required, and the concept of working toward a shared goal also builds mutual respect and can strengthen relationships.

The interaction between teachers and students working toward a shared goal, can be enjoyable and collaborative, and demonstrates how relationships are built through sport. When teachers are involved in the coaching of sport, the relationships developed translate into the classroom and can have a positive impact on the boys’ education and learning.

Trinity aims to provide the best environment for boys to flourish and develop. The unique programme of Sport that we offer plays a key role in this aim in many direct and indirect ways, and is an integral part of School life and a well-rounded education. In addition, Trinity became the first school in Australasia to be accredited as a World Academy of Sport Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC), being one of only nine schools in the world to receive this accreditation.

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Topics: Boys' education, Physical education, Trinity difference, Sport and boys, Improve learning, Boys learning, Education