As a parent, you might not be particularly interested in team sports. And, it may be that you feel your child will not be interested in, either. But regardless of your personal feelings, there are some incredible benefits of getting your children involved in a local sports club. In today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at some of the awesome advantages – take a look and see what you think!
Many people have a view of team sports as being restricted to football, rugby, and maybe hockey – but there is so much choice out there. Kids who aren’t quite so physical might enjoy something like Ultimate Frisbee, for example, or perhaps they might prefer the one-to-one environment of a tennis club. There are plenty of swimming clubs, too, as well as martial arts classes, cycling teams, and if you live by the coast, plenty of watersports clubs. In short, there are sports clubs for everyone – the big question is, which one is best for your child?
Let’s be honest, 20-30 years ago, or so, sports clubs could be pretty intimidating places. But times have moved on, and these days they are a lot more inclusive. As an example, according to Trophies, Plus Medals, there are plenty of trophies available for almost every sport. You can find out more on their website, but these days, the vast majority of sports teams will include winners for every sports team participant at the end of season awards ceremonies. Just be careful to do some due diligence about the club your child wants to join, and make sure that the coaches are fair and reasonable to every child, In the vast majority of cases, you will find they will be.
Teaches great values
When your child takes part in team sports, they learn a whole bunch of positive, life lessons. Teamwork is one, of course, but they will also learn about discipline, develop social skills, and learn about respecting their peers and authority figures such as coaches and referees.
Ideal for mental health
As most people realise, a healthy body often leads to a healthy mind. And playing team sports can help your child build up a lot of mental strength. Resilience is critical in the modern world, and if your child knows they have done their best win or lose, they will learn to hold their head up high.
Sports clubs are also fantastic places for your child to widen their social circles. There will be kids from all over the local community, who might go to different schools, for example. And you will find that when the time comes for them to go to secondary education, they will already know a lot of their fellow pupils, from either playing with or against them in local sports leagues. And finally, you, as parents, will enjoy the social aspect, too. You will make friends with other parents, and get invites to all kinds of awards ceremonies and nights out.
Still think a sports team isn’t a good fit for your child? Why not share your thoughts?