The Importance of Playing Sport


We all know of someone whose motto in life is to study hard and play harder. Well, these are the people who have figured out the true balance in life. Even in this modern time, a lot of people do not let their kids take part in any type of sports because they think sports is something that is useless. Rather, the case is completely opposite. Kids who take part in different sports are bound to do much better in life as well as academics than those who are bookworms. Sports like football, chess, cricket, table tennis and a number of other sports are not just good for your fitness, but they play a very important role as far as your mental health is concerned. They keep your mind as well as your body active.

Builds stamina:

Playing sports will prove to be super beneficial for your overall health. To take part in sports like football, you need to be in a fit shape. Playing sports that require physical exertion, on a regular basis will not only build your muscles and melt away all the excess fat, it will also build your stamina. You feel more in control of your body and mind.

Teaches time management skills:

If you are a student and you have taken up sports, lets say football, then you will need to learn how to manage your time. School and college going students have to learn to balance their studies as well as their sport activities. That is why such students are good at multi-tasking as well as time management. If you are a online gaming lover and want to earn real only just visit Bet365 Sports Bonus. You will get best bonus codes here.

Healthy mind and healthy body:

A lot of people take sports as something that only benefits he human body. What they fail to understand that sports benefits the mind as much as it benefits the body. It trains the brain to come up with solutions in a tough situation.

Lesson of Losing

One thing that every sportsman and sportswoman will learn when they enter this field is that failure is never the end. Playing a sport teaches a lot of tolerance and builds acceptance into a person’s personality. There are times when you will lose a game and there will be times when you will be the winner. There are always lessons to be learned when you are involved in any type of sport. This lesson of accepting a defeat and coming out stronger to win the next time comes handy in other parts of an individual’s life as well.


The sportsmanship spirit is something that is personal to every individual who is involved in any form of sports. It includes a lot of virtues like being fair, treating other sportsmen, teammates and opponents, with respect, accepting defeat with your head held high, tolerance Etc. it also teaches leadership skills and how to tackle a situation at tough times. There are a lot of things that sports can teach an individual, but they carry these lessons throughout their life.

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Where were mascots created?


Mascots are some of the world’s best known sports fans, and whether there are pauses in game play, lopsided games or half-time has come, it is these mascots that take centre stage in order to keep the crowd and fans entertained. Simply mascots make sports a little more fun, particularly for those who aren’t really that interested in watching, and with some of the very best mascot moments including dance-offs, basketball tricks or fighting with the opposition mascot they really are a popular part of the sport. But while Mascots are deemed to be mainly adopted by American sports, the history of the mascot is far more complicated than that.

History Of Mascots

The term mascot derives from the French word ‘mascoto’ which means witch, fairy or sorcerer. From this the slang term ‘mascotte’ meaning talisman or lucky charm was created throughout the 1960s, and it was often used throughout gambling when the gambler suddenly had a run of luck. This word was then popularised in the 1880s French Opera La Mascotte, about an Italian farmer who is visited by a mysterious virgin named Bettina who, as long as she remains a virgin, functions as a good luck charm in the opera. Overtime, this was gradually used in a sports setting, with the term first being used around 1880 in American baseball – a boy named Chic was described as a good luck charm in an 1883 issue of Sporting Life. Gradually over time, Sporting Life and The New York Times began to drop to ‘e’ and the additional ‘t’ to get us closer to the ‘mascot’ spelling that we use today.

Throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century, all sports mascots were either children or real animals, and they were taken very seriously. It is believed that the first football mascot was a bulldog named Handsome Dan for Yale and the bulldog mascot is still used by the university.


Statue of the original Handsome Dan

The first costumed mascot however didn’t appear until 1964 with baseball mascot Mr. Met and college football mascot Buckeye.


Modern Day Football Mascots

While mascots are still generally used in American sports, they are also used very regularly in English football. Mascots like the Gunnersauras Rex for Arsenal, Cyril the Swan for Swansea, Deepdale Duck for Preston North End, and Beau Brummie for Birmingham City amongst many others are regularly spotted dancing and cheering up and down the side-lines. While many of the mascots have gotten into trouble for misbehaving on match days, the majority of the mascots tend to head out into the communities and visit schools to explain the importance of healthy eating and exercise to young children. In addition to the costumed mascots, in every single professional football game both league, cup and international children walk out with the professional footballers as a form of mascot. This is deemed to be a way of integrating the community feel, and originally is said to be formed from FIFA’s partnership with UNICEF for a campaign a number of years ago. Mascots continue to be a key part of the game, and while they may not be as celebrated and well-known as American mascots, they truly play a key part in English football.

UK sports charities see income rise since London 2012

Amateur sports charities have thrived since the Olympics were held in London in 2012, new analysis released today by the Charities Aid Foundation shows.

In the two years following the Olympic Games being staged in the capital there was an 11% increase in the number of large amateur sports charities in England and Wales.

During the same period, funding for amateur sports charities surged to £235 million per year – up 9%.

CAF, which promotes charitable giving and works with a number of sports charities, analysed the published financial returns of 4,200 charities which list amateurs sports as their sole cause between 2012 and 2014 – the most recent year for which data is available.

The findings have been released as Team GB continues to enjoy success at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil where medals have been won in sports including shooting, canoeing, track running, rowing and tennis.

The analysis found that the post Olympics boost had mainly been felt by larger amateur sports charities – those with an annual income over £100,000.

Money received by these larger charities in donations and other sources of income grew 10% in the two years following London 2012 – up from £183.7 million to £202 million.  The number of amateur sports charities with an income greater than £100,000 rose from 174 to 194.

Among smaller sport charities – those with an annual income less than £100,000 remained fairly stable, with £32.9 million shared between 2,698 organisations in 2012, and roughly the same amount shared between 2,619 organisations in 2014.

Susan Pinkney, Head of Research at the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

“Once again the nation has been enthralled by Team GB and their heroics at the Olympics in Rio, winning medals in a wide variety of sports.

“Closer to home, it is fantastic to see that the sporting legacy left behind by the 2012 Olympics appears to be thriving.

“For the millions inspired by the brilliant performances of our Olympians, charities play a big part in helping to provide the funding, facilities and inspiration to get them to take up sports and be active.

“Many of our Team GB heroes have been motivated and supported by large and small sports charities and coached by volunteers on their route to success.

“While it is great to see the rise in income of sports charities across the UK, it’ll be important to ensure that the vital role of smaller grassroots charities does not get overlooked.  Following the inspiring success of Team GB in Rio, we hope to see an increase in the number of grassroots organisations dedicated to sport so we can continue to inspire physical activity across the nation and new generations of medal-winning athletes.”