Some us were, or knew, that kid who was not very good at sports. Standing at the side hoping we were not picked for any team because we knew we would be awful. Wearing shorts and t-shirts in the bitter cold avoiding the ball at all cost. Some of us never understood why our parents insisted that we play organised sports or why they really pushed us. This article should help giving a clear picture of how important it can be.
With incentives to get kids more active, there has never been a better time to get your kids involved in an organised sport. Schools offer a wide range of activities for children to take part in including football, netball, swimming and others.
Sports are beneficial for kids as regular physical activity can prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, hypotension and even cancer.
Aside from the health advantages, organised sports can contribute to your child’s self-esteem and confidence. Alongside these, they can also help build:
Teaching your child that by working together to achieve success can build towards your child’s social skills. It can teach them to ‘repress’ their own ego to help with the group effort.
This is important in helping feel your child feel like they belong. There is no exclusion when it comes to organised sports and this is the best tactic to help that.
Creating and building connections is vital during childhood. With organised sports, children from all walks of life are brought together to take part. Your child may find long lasting friendships in sports.
As life has taught everyone, success is not always guaranteed. With organised sports, this can help a child learn that no matter how hard they try, failure can be unavoidable. It can teach a child this important fact and help prepare them for things later in life.
Learning these skills at an early age will set them up for later challenges in life, while building their own self confidence and life skills.
While the school can help with this through their own sports team, there are activities outside of school that can help contribute towards building confidence.
Football trials are an excellent way to help build teamwork and cooperation. With many trials being held across the UK for ages 10-28, it can help build those important skills and if they have an interest, develop towards a career, click here for more information sports and football trials.
Alongside sport, you can get your child involved with Judo teams, Cricket, Tennis. While some of these are not focused on teams, they are beneficial for health and building confidence.
Encouraging your child to take up a sport outside of school, as well as the possibility of a career, can develop into a hobby and constantly keep them active. Experienced coaches do run teams outside of school and can help build social and life skills and develop physical fitness. Most coaches build programmes based on a child’s skill level while working to increase it to get your child to be the best they can be.
By Harry Price
Harry Price lives on the South Coast with his pet dog and a typewriter (laptop), enjoys walking along the beach and writing.