How Friendly Competition Strengths Camaraderie

Do you remember the school swimming or sports carnival where each student is allocated to a particular sports ‘house’ and everyone gets dressed up in the colour of their team? For many of us, even if we were not the athletic type, that feeling of being a part of something bigger made us feel good and we would enthusiastically become involved.

We would be caught up in the excitement of the day, cheering for our team and making new friends along the way. Playing a team sport such as those that are offered at Salisbury Super Sports, can assist us to experience this friendly competition in a non-threatening environment, which can enrich our lives in many different ways.

Making Lasting Friendships

Often some of the best friendships that we have come from experiences where we worked as a team to overcome something or achieve a shared result. Working as a team towards a common goal puts the focus on where you are heading together, and with many different minds working in unison to achieve a result, often we get better results. Working with others who are focused on the shared goal, often produces friendships because we tend to open up to our team members, get to know them and begin to form friendships.

Being a Part of Something

The competitive nature of life can sometimes get people down, especially if they feel isolated and that they do not fit in; when they feel like it is “me against the world”, this can lead to low self worth, and a sense of disconnection. Conversely, friendly competition in a team environment can do wonders for self-esteem, because people feel supported and that they are a part of something much bigger than they are.

More Fun

Have you ever watched a sports team on television when they are losing and it is obvious that they are starting not to enjoy playing the game as much as they would when they are winning? Often, the fun that we experienced is in direct proportion to how much anxiety we have about achieving a particular outcome.

Playing sports as a team that is focused on working together to have fun puts the intent in the right place, often leading to greater satisfaction and enjoyment as well as increased camaraderie than if the focus was simply to win against all odds. Friendly camaraderie comes from releasing anxiety about the outcome and doing it for the fun, which is so much easier when you are doing it with your friends and valued team mates.