Post-COVID-19 school sports clubs are hot…”It’s better than gaming”

“It’s much more fun to play basketball than to play a game for an hour”

After passing through the coronavirus tunnel, smiles have appeared in elementary, middle, and high school playgrounds and auditoriums for the first time in a long time. In particular, league games for ‘sports clubs’, a group of physical education activities for general students, have been held since this month, multiplying students’ enjoyment.

On the 25th, students from Jamsil Middle School and Haenuri Middle School played the first game of the basketball group stage in the auditorium.

The 10 players from both teams entered the court shouting ‘cheers’ and ‘focus’ one after another.스포츠토토

When one player stole the opponent’s basketball and scored a layup, dozens of students in the stands and cheering section gave a thumbs up.

The score was 25-12 in favour of Hannurijung. The Jamsiljung players hugged each other and said, “Don’t be afraid, you have another chance.

The winners also waved to the losers, saying, “Good job.” Ahn Moo-jin, a member of HaeNuriJung, coolly said, “You get along better when you play. That’s sportsmanship.”

The team that wins the district league, which runs from this month to August against neighbouring district basketball teams, will compete in a tournament between representatives from each district in September. If they win first place, they will represent Seoul at the National School Sports Club Festival in October and December.

From this year, the first three places will also be awarded at the national competition to boost student morale.

“The kids love it,” says Choi Jae-ho, an English teacher who coaches the Jamsiljung Sports Club basketball team. They organise their own teams and train at 7 a.m. every day.” “I think it makes them feel healthier. Their expressions are completely different from normal classes.”

Lee Hyun-soo from Jamsil Middle School said, “Playing basketball for fun helps me get along with my friends. It’s better for your body because it’s more active than playing computer games,” he smiled.

The participation rate of students in sports clubs has been increasing this year after the mandatory wearing of masks was removed.

According to the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education on Monday, a total of 2,113 elementary, middle and high school teams in Seoul registered to participate in sports club competitions this month (308 elementary, 1,115 middle and 650 high school), almost recovering the level of 2019 (2,255) before COVID-19. There were 26,042 students participating.

Due to increased distancing due to COVID-19, there were no face-to-face sports club competitions for two years starting in 2020, and then last year, the first in two years, 1,338 teams (20,997 participants) took part. This year, the number of teams has increased by 1.6 times and the number of students by more than 5,000.

The number of teams participating in the boys’ basketball game also increased by 1.4 times, from 150 in 2022 to 209 this year.

There are 14 designated sports, including basketball, football, and volleyball, and nine voluntary sports, including futsal, for the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Sports Club Games, for a total of 23 sports. In particular, new sports such as dodgeball, wrestling band, and breaking were added this year to increase the enthusiasm of students to participate.

The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education is encouraging students to participate in the tournament to help them recover from the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Schools also agree that more physical activity for students leads to a healthier school life.

A vice principal in Gwanak-gu said, “Students need to release their repressed needs, and if they don’t, incidents happen. Through this, they can be united and have a healthy school life, and they seem to have more pride in their school.”

The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education also said, “The number of applications for sports clubs has been increasing this year. We are implementing a comprehensive support project to encourage more students to participate in sports clubs, including dispatching professional coaches to elementary schools.”

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