Schools have a big role in encouraging young people to take up sport. If you enjoy sport at school, you are more likely to take it up when you leave.
PE teachers can affect your attitude towards sport. A good teacher can build your confidence, identify your potential, make the activities enjoyable and provide coaching.
Schools introduce you to a wide variety of activities, and teach you the basic skills which you can build on. The National Curriculum sets out the minimum amount of sport each students should take part in, but some schools offer examination courses, extra-curricular activities and leadership awards.
There are many other roles you can join in with, not just taking part. These include officials, coaches, scorers, captain, leaders, observer, and organiser.
Schools may give you access to facilities and IT equipment, and can also have links with local sports clubs.