Ielts writing task 2:

Topic: Some people think that it is more beneficial to take part in sports which are played in teams, like football. While other people think that taking part in individual sports is better, like tennis or swimming. Discuss both views and give your own opinion 

Sample Essay

The decision to choose between team sports and individual sports is usually at the back of some people’s minds.  While adherents of team sports advocate for their enormous benefits to players, some hold a belief that it is solo sports that are more ideal. To the best of my knowledge, each person is suited to either one of the above depending on what their desired goals when playing are.

For one thing, it is indisputable that participants of team sports can gain various advantages. First of all, being a team member allows players to have grater enhancement in communication skills. During heated match, the ability to understand each other perfectly via verbal or non-verbal communication to make prompt, rational decision could spell the victory of the team. With that being said, effective communication is of vital importance for team players to master.  Secondly, in terms of putting winning into perspective, team members must recognize the needs to disregard their own pride in some cases for the ultimate goal. For instances, footballers have to learn to play collaboratively with the others, which means to reduce their individual style and let others teammates perform. This plus point can be beneficial in team-related careers.

Exponents of solo sports also claim certain benefits for players. Firstly, indulging in individual sports could translate into better self-endurance. Players could learn to be self-reliant in making decision, fighting against tough competitors and the like. What is more, victory become more self-fulfilling when all the honor and fame is all for one person to take.  This is usually observed in fiercely competitive solo sports like martial arts, when fighters enjoy remarkable feats after pushing himself to the limit.

In conclusion, both types of sports bring about advantageous results when playing. In my opinion, people should choose team sports if they aim for collaboration, but should their aims are increasing independence and the sense of fulfillment then individual sports are what they may go after.

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