There is scientific evidence that sports and physical education (SPE) in schools contribute to children’s development in a number of domains; physical, lifestyle, affective, social and cognitive which are necessary precursors of participation in later lifestyle and sporting physical activities. When appropriately presented, SPE can support the development of social skills and social behaviors, self-esteem, and, in certain circumstances, academic and cognitive development. Many of these benefits will not necessarily result from participation, per se; the effects are likely to increase by the interactions between students and their teachers, parents, and committed and trained coaches who work with them. Researches indicate SPE does better than academic classes in teaching skills crucial for success in the workplace. Participating in a positive sports environment could lessen the risk of a child experiencing depression and the healthiest means of refreshments and recreation.
Against this background education system in developing countries makes students feel more stressed about their mental development and completely rejects physical activities resulting in weak body and poor physique. The situation is particularly grim for girls and underprivileged students. But something is urgently needed to help to pull out students out of the doldrums.
To begin with, Empressa Education & Welfare Foundation (EEWF) plans to provide sports facilities of international standards to the students in Kolkata. The number of students would participate round the year would come to over one hundred thousand. The project will start with Kolkata and subsequently will spread to other Indian cities and developing countries as well. EEWF is in the process of obtaining a grant from various sources to make its vision and mission a reality in the near future.