There are many variables that can affect a child’s developing. The example set by role models such as parents and teachers, the society and surroundings in which they grow up in and the circles in which they socialise. As well as what happens inside in the classroom and outside on the playground, another key factor in the development of children in sport.
Yes, the primary reason why parents look to enrol their children in sports, or at the very least encourage them to be active, is to maintain fitness. Sport promotes a healthy lifestyle but participating helps to develop so many other traits that live with the child long into adult life.
Some children are more naturally sporty than others, and a lot of the child’s interest in sports can be determined by their surroundings – i.e. if their family or friends like to watch or play sports. With that said, all children will have participated in sport to some degree at school, and here is why it is vital to their own personal development.
There is nothing more inclusive on the planet than sport. Social barriers can be broken down with a simple game of football, tennis or catch. Sport is a universal language that brings people together from all manner of backgrounds. Sport means competition and the experience of winning and losing teach valuable life lessons. Sometimes, things do not go as you would like and how you deal with that disappointment sets you up for how you bounce back. Equally, how you conduct yourself in victory is just as important.
Everyone has heard of bad winners and, if you do not know how to conduct yourself, you run the risk of alienating yourself. Winning and loses comes hand in hand and both are important to the development of a child on a social basis.
Whereas some sports focus on the individual, such as tennis (unless you’re playing doubles), golf and darts, most games revolve around a team. Football, rugby and cricket are just a few examples of team sports that require a group of individuals to work cohesively together.
These skills are easily transferable into the real world, especially once your child grows up and enters the workplace. Everyone must know their role within the team, working towards everyone’s strengths and understanding their weaknesses. Team sports help those who play to build relationships with their teammates, winning and losing together.
As much as sports help children to develop on a social basis, the physical benefits cannot be ignored. In an age where obesity levels are on the rise, it has never been more important to champion the benefits of getting your child involved in sport.
Outside of the school setting, there are many clubs that offer children the opportunity to participate at all levels. Chances are that in your local area there is a club, whatever sport, with an opening for new kids to join. These clubs often invest in professional equipment from retailers such as Sports Mark and other manufacturers, ensuring the best and safest setting for children to play in.
By getting your children involved at a young age, it creates a healthy habit of staying active throughout life. Be careful not to force your children to take up a sport that they simply do not enjoy, allow them to trial and experiment with a wide range of sports and activities. The enjoyment factor is what is most important to helping your child to develop because, if they are enjoying what they are doing, they will be more likely to keep doing it.