The University of Education, Winneba (UEW), is a place of diversity and excellence, where students from all walks of life come to pursue their dreams and passions. For the students there, education goes beyond the books. It extends to the field, the court,
and the gymnasium.
Sports and physical education are not just extracurricular activities to them; they are an integral part of life. According to Coach Ralph, a handball coach at UEW, “Physical education is not just about developing physical skills; it is about developing a healthy mind and body, instilling discipline, and fostering teamwork and leadership skills. It’s about creating well-rounded individuals who can make a positive impact in society.”
The benefits of sports and physical education are not just theoretical; they are tangible. Students who participate in these activities report better mental health, higher academic performance, and improved social skills.
“Sports has taught me discipline, teamwork, and perseverance,” says Nana Akua Franca, a third-year student at UEW. “It has also helped me to relieve stress and stay focused on my studies.”
At UEW, sports and physical education are taken seriously. The university has facilities for various sports, including football, basketball, handball, volleyball, and athletics. There are also fitness centers and fitness classes available for students who want to stay fit and healthy.
According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. By promoting sports and physical education, universities like UEW are not just shaping individuals; they are shaping a healthier, more productive society.
The Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports Students Association (HPERSSA) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) is key in the impact that sports and physical education has on the students on the university. The program is designed to provide comprehensive training to students and teachers in areas of health, physical education, recreation, and sports.
“UEW is committed to providing a holistic education to our students,” says the HPERSSA President. “We believe that sports and physical education are as important as academics, and we encourage our students to participate in these activities.”
The importance of sports and physical education extends beyond the university walls. It has the potential to transform communities and even the nation. It is a reminder that education is not just about what we learn in books, but also what we learn from each other, from the fields, and from life itself.
By: Kelvin Nkrumah, Winneba