Games and Sports

 


The inclusion of sports and games in a school’s routine provides more than just the benefit of physical activity; it empowers children and promotes greater self-esteem. It simulates the challenges inherent in life and teaches children how face these challenges. According to recent research, regular physical activity helps in the retention and understanding of information; it therefore not only promotes better health but also improves academic performance. Beaconhouse-Newlands offers a range of sports and games for the mental and physical wellbeing of its students and staff members. Parents are equally welcome to benefit from the international standard sports facilities. A fully-equipped sports complex meeting international standards is provided to cater to the athletic needs of all. The Sports complex provides for the following sports and games:


Volleyball

Volleyball, initially known as Mintonette, is a low-contact indoor sport that originated in 1895. It was renamed volleyball due to the volleying nature of the game.

Volleyball involves specific technical and physical skills including serving, passing, setting, jumping, reacting, changing pace and direction, blocking, attacking and digging. The game helps improve agility, overall flexibility, reaction time, speed and upper and lower body strength.


Basketball

Basketball, invented by Dr James Naismith in 1891, aimed to keep students fit during the long New England winters. The first basketball games were played with a peach basket with no base.

It helps increase endurance, improve balance and coordination, develop concentration and self-discipline and build muscle.


Squash

Squash was first played in Harrow school around 1830 when students discovered that a punctured Rackets ball, which “squashed” on impact with the wall, produced a game with a greater variety of shots. It required much more effort on the part of the players who could not simply wait for the ball to bounce back to them as with Rackets. The variant proved popular and was recognised in 1864.

Squash boosts flexibility and sprint speed, improves hand-eye coordination, develops strong and powerful muscles, notably leg and arm muscles, helps with concentration and mental strength, demands focus and patience and enhances a player′s cardiovascular activity.


Table tennis

Table tennis started as a genteel, after-dinner game, but is now a fast, high-tech sport. Also known as ping pong, it involves two or four players hitting a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small paddle. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Playing table tennis improves hand-eye coordination, stimulates mental alertness, concentration and increases tactical strategy.


Cricket

Cricket was first recorded in 16th-century England, and it was played in grammar schools, farm communities and everywhere in between. Over the centuries, cricket has become a global passion, played everywhere from Test match arenas to village greens, roadsides and dusty back lots.

As in most sports, there are health benefits to playing cricket. It can improve endurance, stamina, physical fitness and hand eye-coordination. Cricket also involves short bursts of sprinting and throwing which is good for cardiovascular health. Since cricket is very popular in Pakistan, our cricket club has a high volume of students.


Horse riding

Horse riding is a healthy sport which not only involves physical activity but, also teaches tactical skills. Although, we at BNI, do not have horse riding facilities, we have collaborated with Islamabad Club to provide the same to our students. The school is responsible for the transportation of the students to and from the Club, twice a week. The Islamabad Club is known for its horse riding facilities and professional trainers, and have rings and trails according to age and expertise level. 


Football

Originally evolved from Cuju, football is a way of encouraging competitiveness, team spirit and keeping a person fit and agile. Separate football grounds have been allocated for primary and senior students.


Swimming

Swimming is a good all-round activity that keeps the heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off the body. It builds endurance, helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs, tones muscles and builds strength.

A half Olympic sized indoor swimming pool of international standards has been provided for students aged 10 and above. There is a separate mini-swimming-pool catering to the needs and safety of our younger students.

 

 

*BNI students can avail the Sports and specific Club activities till 4 pm; concerned staff will be at the campus till 4 pm to support and coach them in their respective activities. In this case the pick –up of the children from the campus will be the responsibility of the parents as the school transport leaves the campus at 3:15 pm.