The benefits of sport for children go beyond the physical benefits. Sport benefits the mind, and emotional well-being, and this information is now backed by a strong evidence from the research study by Cambridge University of over 4000 students. The study found that overall, children who do more physical activity, had better control of their emotions – meaning fewer mood swings or emotional outbursts. Physical activities which promote self-control, such as swimming or ball sports, also have positive, knock-on effects on children’s education, the study claims. The researchers found the emotional control helps with academic progress and by age 11, it was the impact on behaviour that led to any academic benefits.