There is considerable evidence of the positive impact of sport and exercise on educational outcomes. Through psychological benefits such as enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence, and cognitive benefits such as concentration and thinking skills, sport has positive effects on a number of final outcomes, including educational behaviour and attainment. There are a few contrasting studies which identify negative effects of sports participation on the educational attainment of specific groups of students.
Studies suggest that sport achieves a number of impacts simultaneously, making it a highly cost-effective intervention. Many of the links between sport and different social impacts are common, including greater physical competencies, better cognitive skills, better social skills, trust and reciprocity, and identification with social values. These help to counteract risk factors and stimulate favourable reaction to protective factors.
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Wellbeing is the manifestation of the catalytic role that sport plays in stimulating social impacts. There is evidence of a positive relationship between sport participation and subjective well-being. Wellbeing is connected particularly to health, especially mental health, but also education, social capital and less anti-social behaviour.
Impact Rugby Tours follows a set of core company values, one being, 'Rugby For All'. Our rugby tours will always be affordable and accessible to rugby players of all ages, regardless of their personal ability and standard of the team as a whole. So rugby teams can easily categorize themselves, we have created three different tour levels, Social, Competitive and Elite.
There is undoubtedly no substitute for a real-life rugby experience in the wider world. Rugby Tours abroad provide a great opportunity for young players to gain such experiences and face a range of challenges that can contribute significantly to their personal and social development. The key benefits include improved physical skills, health and fitness, personal knowledge, social and emotional development and the opportunity to set and achieve personal goals all in a foreign environment.
Players will also improve interpersonal skills such as leadership, team work, trust, respect, self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience. Rising to new challenges and living alongside their peers helps players to become more adaptable and confident which is critical to so many areas of personal development.
Whilst on a Rugby Tour abroad, immersing yourselves in foreign culture can be a life changing experience for the players, coaches and family members, by making time to sightsee, whether that is visiting a famous stadium, museum or famous landmark, that you may have only ever seen on the TV, can be fantastic learning opportunity. Also, as a parent, watching your child interacting with the local people and trying traditional food is a social opportunity that should not be passed up.
A Rugby Tour abroad does not just benefit the players, the coaches also get to experience a different rugby culture and observe their players being coached by professional foreign coaches with different styles, methodologies, training models and general approach to sessions. Also, watching professional games and playing matches against foreign opposition with a different approach, tactics and systems can be a great learning curve for each individual player, the team as a whole and the coaches.