Sport provides children with physical, mental and social benefits. These benefits will help them remain active and be successful at adulthood.
We have put together a list of benefits that any parent should consider when deciding what activities their child should participate in.
In 2016/2017 twenty percent of children were classed as obese by the NHS. This is alarmingly high, which elevates the importance of children getting active. Providing children with a variety of sports to play can only begin to help this epidemic. Sport instills a healthy lifestyle mentality, providing a platform to continue activity later in life.
When playing sports children are unknowingly placed in an environment which nurtures key social skills. Social skills such as communication, team work, leadership, and camaraderie are developed. These skills are not only important in sport but also within adult life.
Dealing with Failure
The earlier a child can understand how to deal with failure the better equipped they will be to achieve success. Failure is not the end but only a learning experience. When it happens the child is challenged to find a new way to succeed. Children must understand this and learn to build on failures. Sport is a great platform to learn this quality from an early age, in order to be more successful.
Build Personal Skills
Self-esteem and confidence are fundamental qualities that children require to be more successful at adulthood. Sport can help to foster these qualities. Gaining recognition and compliments when playing sports positively impacts these personal skills. Achieving success when playing sports, even as simple as winning a tackle or scoring a goal, provides a boost to self-esteem that money can’t buy.
Placing children in a new environment is a great way to develop social skills. Meeting new people and making new friends is an essential attribute in adult life. Being able to network and make new friends is essential in the workplace. Sport is a preparation for these situations.
Positive Impact on Academia
Participating in sports as an extracurricular activity has been shown to significantly improve academic results as well as progression to higher education. This is because sport provides children with more energy, makes them more creative, sharpens focus, improves mood and memory. These benefits give active children a huge academic advantage.
The six examples above show why sport is one of the most important learning tools for children. Placing your child in organised sport will give them the best stepping stone to be healthy, successful and happy at adulthood.