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Why is Football Effective in Building Soft Skills

October 27th, 2017

Football is perhaps one of the most physically taxing sports there are. If you think about it, there’s a lot of physical skill that goes on in playing it. The field is pretty massive too and a player can easily run 7 to 9 miles on average per game. And we’re not even starting yet. There’s mental and emotional skill that goes with the sport as well.

Simply put, football is more than just your average ball game. It builds an overall roundedness and requires mental, physical and emotional skill which it also develops through time. It’s no wonder that the sport is effective not only in helping develop stronger and leaner bodies but also in building soft skills that are useful in the game and in life as a whole. Care to wonder what these are?
1.    Strong Interpersonal Skills
Football is a team sport and anyone who plays learns the value of cooperation as well as leadership. These require the ability to work with others. It also heightens one’s sense of sensitivity and empathy towards people whether or not they are part of one’s team.

2.    Effective Communication
Communication happens across varied platforms. Oral and written are just two. Let’s not forget that communication is also an instinct. We can send across messages through body language. The sport teaches not only effective communication but also helps improve one’s understanding towards the needs of others and the messages they may want to send across.

3.    Ethics and Professionalism
Hard skills can only do so much. Even the most talented person will realize that lack of ethics and professionalism is a killer. Nobody would want to work with people without them. Football is governed by rules and it takes someone who understands them and their importance to thrive in the world.

4.    Problem Solving

The game is fast paced and very physical. One has to come up with a solution given a time constraint and various elements on a constant roll. Because football teaches one to be alert and aware, it helps an individual better their problem solving skills over time.

5.    Focus and Attention to Detail

Lastly, football develops a person’s focus and attention to detail. As mentioned, it also takes a lot of mental gymnastics to play the sport. Plus, identifying and analyzing various factors during a game helps one develop their keenness and attention to various aspects and details.

Sports Can Change You for the Better and Here’s How

July 13th, 2017

Health_sportsPhysical development and health are a given when one engages in sports. But what is often underrated is the fact that sports can actually change a person for the better and we don’t mean just the physical. Care to find out what else?

Several studies have been published about the emotional and mental benefits of sports regardless if it’s played professionally or just for fun and leisure. One highlights its ability to make a person happy. Since it involves exercise to a certain degree, it releases dopamine in the brain which is the so-called feel good hormone responsible for the feeling of pleasure and reward. This is why a lot of people actually feel energized and relaxed despite the intense physical activity.

It is for the same reason that sports in general helps relieve depression, anxiety, feelings of neglect, anger and frustration. It can both help cure and prevent them. As a matter of fact, many psychologist advice patients to try them out as it serve as a healthy outlet for bad energy.

Focus and discipline are also involved which is why individuals that engage in these physical activities tend to develop their attention to detail, problem solving skills, restraint, and obedience among others. Additionally, it improves memory capacity, creativity, and innovation. These life skills are very crucial not only while playing the sport but in life in general.

Moreover, it helps build confidence not only in oneself but also towards others. It helps individuals realize their strengths and the weaknesses that they can improve on. It both allows people to see their worth and to acknowledge and accept their flaws. The balance provides for the development of one’s self worth which is a healthy exercise that we all should do on a daily basis.

Because sports are often fast-paced and require a combination of mental gymnastics and physical adeptness, a person can also develop and improve one’s information processing, decision making and problem solving skills even under a tight setting and tons of pressure.

With sports, people are also taught about teamwork, initiative, relationship building, the give and take relationship, giving credit, and grace in defeat among others. These are values that are very crucial at home, in school and at work.

So can sports change us for the better? You’ve just read about it and we bet our bucks that it most definitely does.

Brits and their Top UK Sports

May 11th, 2017

The United Kingdom is home to many things. First of all, it houses one of the most prominent monarchies in the modern age with Queen Elizabeth II as the oldest living monarch in the world and the longest reigning female British monarch. It’s got topnotch tourist attractions that draw in millions of tourists every year without fail from natural wonders to jawdropping structures to even the entertainment industry. The bustling business industry cannot be overlooked either. It’s no secret that the country’s capital city of London is the world’s financial capital. But apart from these, the Brits are known for their massive love for sports.

The UK may be famous as a football loving nation but they also celebrate a number of other sports. Here is a list of their favorites for each category in no particular order.

  • BAT SPORT – CRICKET

Seeing as it’s the UK’s mational sport, (Surprise! It’s not football.) cricket holds a special place in every Brit’s heart. It is described as an outdoor sport played by two teams of eleven players using a flat bat, a small hard ball, and wickets. A player scores by batting the ball and running, while the defenders can get a player out by bowling and hitting the wicket, catching a hit ball, or running the player out. It’s one of the oldest games in history and it’s not leaving anytime soon or at all.

  • BALL GAME – FOOTBALL

As mentioned, this ball game holds the title as being the most popular in the country. Not ony is it exciting to watch a match but it’s a great workout too as it involves kicking and passing a ball across a massive field. With a traditional league system and over a hundred teams with a number being the most prominent in the world of global football (e.g. Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool), this athletic event is almost sacred.

  • badmintonRACKET SPORT – BADMINTON

Using rackets to strike a shuttlecock back and forth across a high net, badminton can be played in two categories: singles or doubles. It exceeds other sports in its category even tennis. The Brits have long loved the game. As a matter of fact, the Badminton Association of England was established way back in 1893.

How about you? Are these your favorites too? What other UK sports do you think deserves a shout out?