Most schools like mine make sports compulsory, but i believe that is a relatively unnecessary rule to put in place, at least for people doing A-Levels. Yes in general sport does promote fitness physically, socially and psychologically but that's not the only way to achieve it. I could exercise in my room on a daily basis and build my self up physically, i can play a video game online (like call of duty) with friends or random people to build my social skills, i could meditate or write stuff up in a journal to boost my mental fitness. Most people i meet have this myopic view that the only way to achieve soft skills like teamwork, communication etc can only be gained through sport activities but they couldn't be more wrong, If i need to use the gym i'll sign up and go do it as simple as that there is no need for such a rule. I'm not saying that this rule should be completely abolished, i think it is based on the school environment. For example, at least 78% of people in my class do a sport activity out of their own volition but in the younger grades most people don't want to and most of them don't do any personal exercise, so making sports compulsory for them should be necessary, but for the older year groups it should be optional as people actually do sports because they want to not because of some rule. Thoughts?
What are the downsides?