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Benefits of sport

Sport is an essential element in the life of every Trinity boy and is compulsory from Years 3 to 12. Sport has many benefits and is critical in ensuring a healthy lifestyle, cultivating a routine of discipline and self-motivation, and building relationships. Sport is a rewarding avenue to learn valuable lessons, equipping boys with the essential life skills of:

  • integrity
  • responsibility
  • stress management
  • positive attitude
  • perseverance
  • teamwork
Participating in sport at school is profoundly important for a boy’s learning on many levels. It is known to improve health outcomes, enhance personal and social skills as well as impact classroom learning. Sport is particularly important for younger boys as it helps to develop coordination, gross motor skills and establish a routine for healthy living.

In 2019, the World Health Organisation issued new guidelines on physical activity for children, recommending at least 180 minutes of physical activity each day for children as young as three to four years old. According to the WHO, 80 percent of adolescents do not get enough physical activity, so participation in sport has never been more important.

 

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Impact on academics

There are strong links between participation in sport and academic excellence. Research suggests a strong correlation between physical activity and academic achievement. While participation in sport is generally promoted for the positive impact it has on physical and mental health, studies show the effect is much greater. Researchers found that “increased participation in sport and other forms of physical activity also enhances cognitive functioning (information processing), memory, concentration, behaviour and academic achievement.”

Physical activity is also known to improve classroom learning. Since the human brain is similar to a muscle, it grows with exercise. This means that physical activity can promote the growth of new brain cells and enhances brain function, having a positive effect on classroom learning.

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Boys and sport

Boys need to be active. Male biology demonstrates a trend toward spatial-mechanical functioning that makes boys more attracted to movement and engagement in sport. Essentially, participation in sport helps boys to stay motivated at school. However, the benefits are far greater. The mental and health benefits of physical activity are well known. In particular, physical activity can help boys to process feelings and emotions as it’s very natural for boys to convert their feelings into movement.

There are so many opportunities for boys to engage in physical activity in their daily lives – by riding a bike, kicking a footy or going to the gym. However, boys also need to get outdoors. Outdoor activity is just as important for adolescents as it is for younger boys. It enables boys to take risks, gain independence and challenge themselves both mentally and physically.

Traditional sports such as basketball, football and rugby are popular for boys. But there’s no need to limit the possibilities, as boys nowadays can get involved with netball, dance and even adrenalin sports such as abseiling and rock climbing.

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Sport at Trinity

At Trinity, we believe that sport is vital in supporting your son’s academic education and allowing him to pursue his passions. It is not simply an adjunct to each boy’s education but an integral part of it. We have an extensive range of sports available at Trinity including cricket, diving, fencing and much more. The significance of sport differs between schools. At Trinity, the purpose of sport is guided by the following principles:

  1. participation
  2. breadth of experience
  3. teamwork
  4. focused effort.

At Trinity, participation in sport is compulsory for every boy from Years 3 to 12. Sport is actively encouraged by creating an environment that promotes physical and mental development and focuses on effort. As parents, you can support your son by helping him play to his strengths. Focusing on strengths can help motivate boys and improve their wellbeing. However, it’s important to recognise that a strength doesn’t necessarily equate to proficiency, it also relies on motivation and regular use. If your son is good at something but doesn’t feel motivated to do it or doesn’t do it often, it isn’t considered a strength. You can help your son play to his strengths with our practical tips.

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Sportsmanship

Sport at Trinity is a means, not an end. It is a servant, not a master. It is not about producing scores of which we can be proud, but producing men of whom we can be proud. This became particularly apparent during the 2018 Commonwealth Games when Trinity Grammar School Old Boy, Rohan Browning (2015) gained recognition for his exemplary conduct as a sportsman. While we are immensely proud of the achievements of all of our athletes and sportsmen (and their achievements are significant), it is the character and conduct fostered within our sporting programme that brings the greatest gratification. At Trinity, participation in sport is a means to shaping the character of boys as they grow to understand who they are – something of enduring value. 

With a proud history of sport, we encourage teamwork and humility reflecting biblical teachings, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3. Our focus is on teaching boys the Christian values of coping with adversity, losing with dignity, and winning with grace. Here’s how you can encourage your son to show good sportsmanship at home.

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Health and wellbeing

Sport is essential for promoting a healthy lifestyle. It is known to improve health outcomes and enhance wellbeing. As a parent, your main priority is to ensure that your son is healthy, happy and well-adjusted in life. Read our blog to discover six health and wellbeing signs. However, we know that sport is just part of the equation, diet is equally significant. On this matter, we offer some food for thought with tips to help your son maintain a healthy diet.

Despite what we know about the benefits of sport, it can be challenging for parents and boys to strike a balance between academics and sport, particularly as the demands become stronger as boys progress through their schooling. We highlight some practical tips to maintain balance in our blog. You can also hear what our graduates have to say about balancing co-curricular activities and academic study.

 

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Excellence at Trinity

In 2015, Trinity became the first school in Australasia to be accredited as a World Academy of Sport Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC). It is one of only nine schools in the world to receive this accreditation. This initiative was launched to provide greater flexibility and support to exceptional student athletes, enabling students to combine challenging training schedules and commitments with their academic studies. It is testament to Trinity’s ability to foster the talents of world-class athletes as well as our commitment to a strong sporting culture.

Our Preparatory and Junior students also benefit from a proud tradition of sport. The School’s Fundamental and Active Skills at Trinity (FAST) programme aims to increase physical activity and improve Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS), programming an extra 30 minutes of physical and aerobic activity each week.

Among our graduates are seven Olympic athletes and many students who compete at a national level in a wide range of sports. A number of our graduates have also received scholarships to prominent universities around the world as a result of their combined sporting and academic achievements.