Why wellness in sport goes beyond physical health

It’s been proven that taking part in regular sporting activities benefits young people’s physical health and fitness in countless respects, from battling obesity to maintaining a healthy body weight and BMI.

But whilst participation in sport can greatly improve the physical health of young people, it also links to a variety of other benefits connected to happiness and wellbeing. From promoting active citizenship, to boosting confidence and broadening their future aspirations; it’s becoming more apparent that wellness in sport goes far beyond the physical benefits of the activity alone.

This is why we have decided to look at the key ways sport influences wellness in young people that goes beyond the physical benefits of sport. Take a look below to find out more.

Promotes active citizenship

Some of the most memorable moments in our lifetimes will be sports related. Whether it’s winning our first trophy or scoring the winning goal, sport encourages students to pull together in order to learn, have fun and ultimately be victorious.

These events stay with students and give them a common interest, so it’s an extremely powerful bonding method and helps them forge relationships that can last forever.

Sport also echoes real life. There is competition, teamwork, victory, loss, conflict and resolution. Being part of a sports team teaches the value of looking out for others, developing trust and confidence, as well as showing respect for authority and other players.

Making friends

Sport (and particularly team sports) offer a fantastic opportunity for young people to connect and grow their relationships in a supportive environment where mutual interests brings everyone together.

Our Sport Festivals at Disneyland Paris amplify these positive social effects further by encouraging your team to spend time with their peers outside of the court too. They will have plenty of time to enjoy the parks, have fun and spend valuable time with their teammates; which will contribute significantly to developing their confidence and self-esteem.

Mental health

Sports affects the brain by stimulating its reward pathways and heightening mood-boosting neurochemicals like dopamine. Increases in neurochemicals and dopamine and other produces a feeling of wellbeing and decreases the risk for anxiety and depression, which are two of the most common mental health disorders for young people and teenagers.

Research also indicates that regular exercise has a positive effect on the nervous system, which reduces overall stress levels.

Academic achievement

It is widely accepted that participation in sport increases academic achievement. This is mainly derived from increased energy levels as a result of increased physical activity, which also contributes to better focus levels, a more equal study-life balance and even better sleep.

Sport can also help students improve their self-discipline from a young age, which carries on throughout their life and studies. This in turn often results in less disruptive behaviour in many cases, with students better able to control their emotions. Combined, this all seems to help students have a more positive self-image, with higher self-esteem and a drive to succeed and do well.

We are passionate about providing sports trips that bring out the best in your team and help you make unforgettable memories. So if you are interested in taking your team or club on our exciting sports tours for netball, football and rugby, contact us today to find out more.


We are proud also partners of Youth Sport Trust and England Netball. You can find our full list of partners of our website here.