The playgrounds at elementary schools are the first place where children begin to develop their social skills. Playgrounds not provide a sanctuary and are the first place where children learn to deal with other people, but allow children to learn valuable social skills. Playgrounds also provide a location where numerous young friendships are started. Athletic facilities, not only can new, or renovated fields, stadiums, or gyms bolster community spirit, but they offer spaces for school kids to establish a regular physically active lifestyle at a young age, an extremely important preventative strategy for combating chronic disease and obesity. Furthermore, athletics provide outlets for students to develop important skills such as leadership, persistence, practice, and group responsibility, among others. In this way, sports help to ‘educate the whole person’ and promote ‘socio-emotional’ learning – topics we have discussed at length as important, perhaps critical, to education.
II. Body of the Report
Playground area should be considered together with classroom as one
1. Learning environment for educational growth. They should be developed and planned extensively not only for the sole purpose of an improved physical education program but also for the future use of pupils and teachers in other educational activities.
Recommended Facilities and Equipment are;
10.1.1. Space Components. Playground areas should include any or all of the following space components. * Open Grass areas for group games and other group activities; * Paved areas for court games and other group activities; * Equipment areas where the different types of playground apparatus are provided for developing or improving muscular coordination ; and * An oval tract.
10.1.2. Playground Facilities * volleyball court | * basketball court | * softball diamond | * gymnastic floor area | * baseball diamond | * football field | * jumping