Students of Victory Group of Schools taking part in a race during their recent annual inter-house sports competition.
Unity House has won the third unified biennial inter-house sports competition of the Victory Group of Schools held at the school’s sports ground in Ikeja, Lagos.
Unity House, also known as Green House, achieved the feat winning 23 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals.
The inter-house competition, which was keenly contested by five annexes of the Victory Group, saw Perseverance House clinching the second position with 12 gold, 20 silver and 16 bronze medals.
Punctuality House, which is Red House, won 11 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze medals to come in third, while Honesty House (Blue House) was fourth with 11 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze medals.
In his speech, the schools’ Managing Proprietor, Mr. Christian Ipoola Olaniyan, acknowledged that sports was an integral part of learning, saying sporting activities complemented the students’ educational development.
“We consider sports as an essential part of qualitative education to be imparted to our pupils and students. All round education is not complete without active participation in games and sports. We regard it as an obligation and sacred duty no matter what,” he said.
He stressed that the best way to promote healthy competition is by getting children to appreciate the spirit of sportsmanship and make them better persons through inter-house sport activities.
“Regular sporting activities amongst children play vital roles in their physical and mental development. We all know the importance and value of games and sports, which was why in the olden days it was compulsory in all schools to provide the necessary facilities for games and sports. Here, we ensure that every child is able to take part in one type of sport or another because like the Olympics credo, it is not the winning that matters but the taking part,” he reiterated.
Some of the students who spoke to The Guardian expressed joy and satisfaction at their performances, noting that sports is not just for entertainment or improvement of physical well-being but also a source of livelihood.