Getting your child onto the sports field teaches them so many important life skills they can use now and in the future.
Ensuring your child play sports has so many incredible benefits for their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Think back to your childhood. Can you remember how being part of a team helped you find a sense of belonging? Can you remember that elated feeling of winning or the disappointment you felt not making the A-team and then being so determined that you put in the extra hard work to improve in order to be selected? Can you remember being forced to run around the field five times, doing push-ups for days at end, because you thought the PE teacher disliked children and was trying to make you suffer?
Whether you have good or bad memories related to sport or any physical activity, one thing is for sure, that physical activity promotes not only your health but instils good personal attributes required throughout life.
How team sports boosts self-confidence and self-esteem
Being part of a team helps children to find a sense of belonging. It teaches acceptable ways to interact with others and how to be considerate and respectful of teammates. Physical activity promotes agility and coordination. It supports the healthy growth of muscles and bones, which is critical in schooling years while children are still growing and can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels, especially with the highly pressured society in which we find ourselves living.
Important life skills
Through participation in sport, your child will gain different important skills, including research skills, social skills, thinking skills, communication skills, and self-management skills.
- Social and communication skills: Sport teaches acceptable ways on how to interact with others and be considerate and respectful of teammates.
- Thinking skills: In a team sport situation, children learn to think and perform under pressure, critical basic thinking skills are promoted, which in turn can help in coping with everyday life. (//thinkingforsuccess.com/cognition-sports.html)
- Self-management and research skills: Be on time for practises/matches. Remember sports clothes and equipment needed for a sport. Children build self-confidence by participating and feeling good about themselves and their achievements. Physical activity helps children set goals for themselves which leads to learning how to deal with failure and success, and to have a positive attitude no matter what the outcome of an event.