Sportsmanship

CONTEXT ARTICLE

T

aking part in competition teaches fundamentally important life lessons. Sportsmanship brings together some of the most important positive character traits a person can possess.

Learning to be a good sport will impact positively upon children and equips them with skills that will help them succeed in a competitive and collaborative world, both as children and as adults in future.

Competing and trying your best, playing hard within the rules, and accepting whatever the outcome might be with good grace, are character building traits that can make all the difference when working in teams, both as children and also as adults in future.

Sportsmanship encompasses:

– Respecting the officials and the rules of the game.
– Accepting that in every game, there is usually a winner and a loser.
– Winning with humility and recognising your opponent’s efforts. 
– Accepting defeat with good grace, knowing you tried your best.

CORE MESSAGES

• Sport is about enjoying the competition and winning and losing is a part of the game.

• The rules always apply to everyone for it to be a fair game.

• We can all win with humility and lose graciously.

• Encourage your teammates and acknowledge your opponents.

• Trying your absolute best will always be good enough.

QUESTIONS TO START A CONVERSATION

• Why should all the players follow the games rules?

• What do you do if you win a game?

• What do you do if you lose a game?

OUR MANTRA

“Win or lose

it’s a good thing,

the fun and games

good sportsmanship brings!”

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HOME ACTIVITY

Here’s a fun home exercise to identify types of team sport games and equipment.

Please print the sheet.

A4 HOME WALL POSTER

Print these posters as part of a set.

Collect one for each Topic.

CERTIFICATE

For a bit of fun, here’s a completion certificate to print out and complete. Try to collect them all!