A new research has found that team sport is the only extracurricular activity that makes a marked difference to academic grades achieved by students.
Teenagers belonging to sports clubs - as opposed to activities such as drama or debating - are also more likely to complete their education and enter higher education, Daily Mail reported.
The findings follow a recent survey which revealed that physical education in British schools had been reduced despite a surge in enthusiasm for sport after the London Olympics.
Matthew Irvin, the paper's lead author and assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, said: "Team sport is significantly related to higher grade-point averages and a higher likelihood of completing high school and enrolling in college."
"Sport allows you to develop a mentoring relationship with adults and with positive, school-oriented peers. They help socialise you into being more focused on school, and may help develop time-management skills, initiative and an ability to work with others," he added.