ADVANCED - AG3 - SPORT

Sport

I enjoy lots of sports, but I haven't played any since I was a child. I go to the gym twice a week though and I often think about running or swimming. The problem is taking that first step!

I think it is important for children to develop the habit of playing sport and then to take that sport with them through their lives. Many children drop out of sport as they become teenagers. Parents should work hard at that point to encourage their teenage children to maintain their sports. The next time when many drop out is when they marry and have children. This is another time when we need to encourage people to continue sport.

If we continue sport throughout our lives, our lives are likely to be happier and healthier. Certainly we will be healthier in retirement if we have maintained a sport all our lives.

Essay Outline
Let's imagine that someone has asked us to write about our favourite sport. Where can we begin?

I usually begin by writing down a few ideas that come to my mind. From what I wrote above you can see that I think that playing sport is important for health. Here are my first thoughts about the topic.

-favourite sports - cricket, hockey, Australian football, tennis ...
- rules of the sport
- popularity
- health advantages
- equipment & cost
- availability of the sport

Next I work out a plan.
Introduction -
Paragraph 1 - popularity
Paragraph 2 - equipment & rules
Paragraph 3 - health and other advantages
Conclusion -

Begin writing
This bit is a little tricky. I have an idea of what I am going to say in the 3 paragraphs, but I'm not exactly sure. So I'm going to write them first. Then I'm going to go back and write the introduction and the conclusion.

Paragraph 1
Cricket is a popular summer sport in England, India, Pakistan, the West Indies, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It is played most by men, but there are also women's competitions. In Australia boys play cricket at school from an early age. They want to be like their cricket heroes. They imagine that they are famous batsmen or bowlers. Most cricket is amateur, but some is professional. Professional cricketers are national heroes. They earn a lot of money from salaries and product endorsements.

Paragraph 2
Children can play cricket at home or in a park. They just need a large area, a few players and a bat and a ball. In summer familes and friends play cricket at the beach. Competitive cricket is played on a large oval. It is as big or bigger than a football field. Like baseball, one side fields while the other side bats. Two batsmen are always on the field at a time. They stand at either end of a 22 metre long pitch. A bowler bowls from one end and the the batsman hits the ball and then both batsmen run to the other end of the pitch. The ball is the size of a tennis ball, but it's much harder. The bat is made of wood. It is flat on the hitting side and slightly rounded at the back. it is less than a metre long. A traditional game of cricket is played over several days. Recently a one day series was introduced and it is also quite popular.

Paragraph 3
Like all sports, cricket has many benefits for the players. Playing cricket keeps you fit. It ensures that you exercise regularly. For children it develops mind-eye co-ordination and motor skills. It also ensures that players have social contact and develop friendships and social skills.

Now that I have written the paragraphs, I'm going to go back and write my introduction and conclusion.

Introduction
Cricket began in Britain and is played today in many countries that were former British colonies. It is very popular within these countries, but is not well known outside. The equipment needed is minimal. One of the greatest things about the game is that the players provide role models for young players and this has the effect of helping children to develop healthy habits for later life.

Conclusion
Cricket is an exciting game and provides entertainment for players and fans alike. At a professional level players become heroes and role models for youngsters who take up the game. Even though the young players may never develop the greatness of the heroes, they nonetheless benefit from the physical and social aspects of the game.


Putting it Together


Cricket began in Britain and is played today in many countries that were former British colonies. It is very popular within these countries, but is not well known outside. The equipment needed is minimal. One of the most important things about the game is that the players provide role models for young players and this has the effect of helping children to develop healthy habits for later life.

Cricket is a popular summer sport in England, India, Pakistan, the West Indies, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It is played mostly by men, but there are also women's competitions. In Australia boys play cricket at school from an early age. They want to be like their cricket heroes. They imagine that they are famous batsmen or bowlers. Most cricket is amateur, but some is professional. Professional cricketers are national heroes. They earn a lot of money from salaries and product endorsements.

Children can play cricket at home or in a park. They need a large area, a few players and a bat and a cricket ball or even a tennis ball. In summer families and friends play cricket at the beach. Competitive cricket is played on a large oval. It is as big or bigger than a football field. Like baseball, one team fields while the other side bats. Two batsmen are always on the field at a time. They stand at either end of a 22 metre long straight pitch. A bowler bowls from one end and the batsman hits the ball. Then both batsmen run to the other end of the pitch. The ball is the size of a tennis ball, but it's much harder. The bat is made of wood. It is flat on the hitting side and slightly rounded at the back. It is less than a metre long. A traditional game of cricket is played over several days. Recently a one day series was introduced and it is also quite popular.

Like all sports, cricket has many benefits for the players. Playing cricket keeps you fit. It ensures that you exercise regularly. It develops a routine of exercise. Ideally this can be carried through life from a young age right through to retirement and beyond. For children cricket helps to develop mind-eye co-ordination and motor skills. It also ensures that players have social contact and develop friendships and social skills.

Cricket is an exciting game and provides entertainment for players and fans alike. At a professional level players become heroes and role models for youngsters who take up the game. Even though the young players may never develop the greatness of their heroes, they nonetheless benefit from the physical and social aspects of the game.