Sports should be integral to a person’s life. This is due to the benefits in health that can be derived from it and also skills such as strategic thinking and teamwork can be learnt. Most pupils have benefitted from participation in various sports, but most voluntarily participated in the sport activities of their choice. Sports serve as an excellent physical exercise. Those who play sports have a more positive body image than those who do not. Sports often involve physical activities like running, jumping, stretching and moving about which turn out to be a good body workout. Playing sports is energy put to good use. A co-curricular activity is defined as a program or out-of-class activity, supervised and or financed by the school, which provides curriculum-related learning and character building experiences. There are five major co-curricular activities in every school in Malaysia. Uniform-Groups, Club & Societies and Sports & Games are the major co-curricular activities in Malaysia. The 1M1S policy introduced by the MOE made it compulsory for every student to choose at least one sports to participate in. It underlines the intention of the National Education Philosophy (NEP) to produce balanced individuals in terms of intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects. In the long run, this policy aims to develop human capital through extensive participation among students in sporting activities throughout the year as well as fostering sports culture among school children to become productive members of society and to adopt a healthy lifestyle, highly competitive and stay active. As stated in the government’s 1M1S guidebook -
“Matlamat 1m 1S dalam jangka masa panjang, dasar ini berhasrat membangunkan modal insan melalui penyertaanyang menyeluruh dari kalangan murid dalam kegiatan sukan sepanjang tahun serta memupukbudaya bersukan di kalangan murid sekolah agar menjadi ahli masyarakat yang mengamalkan gaya hidup sihat, cergas dan berdaya saing tinggi. ( Buku Panduan 1M1S,Bahagian Sukan Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia)”
Engaging in sports since an early age strengthens bones and muscles and tones body. It helps to increase stamina and endurance. Sports that involve jumping and stretching help increase height; for example basketball. Games that involve running, kicking or throwing a ball help strengthen the arms and legs; for example soccer and cricket. Swimming provides a full body workout. Thus sports provide the body with complete exercise and engaging in sports directly translates into overall fitness. “According to the non -profit International Platform on Sport and Development, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that supports the belief that sport and physical activity play a large role in overall health and well-being. Sports have direct positive benefits on the body including prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis and hypertension. Physical activity obtained through sports has both physical and mental benefits for young and old alike.”( Linda Ray,2009,9 20 article from www.livestrong. com)
One of the objectives of this 1M1S policy is to get students involved with a least one sports throughout the year with the hope that all students, including book worms and couch potatoes will get out of their comfort zone to be active physically. In addition, with this involvement, new talents will be discovered, groomed and trained to compete at the state, national or international level. A few schools were chosen as pilot schools with close supervision from the department and officials and the practices of these schools were shared with others. This school has taken the stand that for a student to take part in a sport, it has to be for a least an hour. There is no point in getting a group of say 40 students lining up to serve a badminton shuttle or kick a ball, as has been done in many schools. Students will get...