For many parents, encouraging their kids to get involved in sports is a struggle. However, recent studies have shown that participating in sports can have a positive impact on a child’s social and physiological well-being, meaning there’s never been a better time to make your kids health and fitness a top priority. Here at Tutor Doctor, we know how beneficial sports can be. Athleticism not only ensures your child is active but teaches valuable life-skills. Whether it’s gymnastics, football or swimming, we’ve shared 7 benefits of getting your kids into the action.
Joining a sports team or club gives kids a sense of belonging and provides an excellent opportunity for them to make new friends. Being part of this external community away from their everyday school life can also mean that your child has a fresh start and can be completely themselves with a wide support system. This can be a very exciting feeling, especially as school can be tough for many kids.
Taking part in sports regularly will mean at some point your kids will probably lose a race, a competition or miss a goal. No one likes a sore loser and they will quickly have to learn to dust themselves off and try again. Doing this will help them learn how to lose gracefully and embrace a competitive spirit.
Practicing sports skills and techniques requires a huge amount of patience and determination- after all it’s impossible to become a pro overnight! Practicing on a regular basis is going to be central if your child wants to improve in their chosen sport which can take months- years even. Patience is the key!
Being part of a sports club or a team requires high levels of commitment and dedication. Showing up, being positive and willing to work hard at each practice can really boost your child’s belief in dedication, something that can be of benefit for the rest of their life. It’s even been found that participation in sport is linked to higher academic achievements at school.
Being a team player
Being involved in sports clubs is a fantastic way for your child to learn to be a real team player. Not only will they need to understand that communication is key but also realise that a team can’t succeed without working together.
Building self esteem
Sports and other physical activities have been found to positively contribute to the development of self-esteem in kids. A high-five from a teammate, a “well done” from a coach or even a really fun practice will help your child build character.
Sport, particularly team sports are an amazing platform that can help teach your kids to be less selfish. Often your child will have to think about what’s best for their team and not just what’s going to benefit themselves. Practicing selflessness regularly will also carve their personality as they head into adulthood.