Sport and exercise are essential for the physical and mental health and well-being of all children. Being active releases ‘feel-good’ hormones and boosts our immune systems, making us better equipped for the challenges of daily life. Whilst any form of exercise is beneficial, team sports are particularly good for teaching our kids other skills as well. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of playing team sports:
Co-operation – The famous phrase says, ‘there’s no ‘I’ in team’ and it’s true that team sports encourage development in sportsmanship and co-operation. The whole idea behind team sports is to work together to achieve a common goal. This can be a tough lesson, particularly when we learn that sometimes in life we must work with people we might not like to achieve something. Team sports help to teach kids about pulling together, empathy and friendship. These are skills that help them greatly throughout their school life and into their working careers.
Diversity – Team sports are also a great opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds, cultures and personalities, which is again more representative of grown-up life. The more used to socialising and working together we are, the easier the transition into work and adult life as well as learning to work together with people who may have different beliefs and ideas than their own.
Playing regularly and being part of a team also teaches kids about responsibility and time management. They begin to learn that life needs to be a balance of sports practice, school work and family time. They need to have their kit organised, be on time for matches and still get their homework handed in on time. These skills will be necessary as a child grows older. If your child’s team needs new kit then have a look at the wide range of Football Training Kits at www.kitking.co.uk
A chance to shine
For those children who struggle with traditional learning in school, sports can be a lifeline and a chance to shine. Studies have also shown that active kids do 40% better in tests than those who aren’t. Self-confidence can take a knock in the classroom but if a child is gifted at a sport then this is what will make them feel good about themselves. This is where sports day events in schools can help to boost morale and confidence of those children who perhaps struggle a little with the academic education that takes place in the classroom.
Exercise is a great way to let off steam, especially for kids who may be having a tough time academically or just a bad day at school. Instead of bringing that pent-up frustration and aggression home, it can be let out physically on the sports field. Having older children as team mates, mentors and coaches can also provide an extra channel of communication for your child to voice any worries or concerns.
Lessons in Fairness
Often children and teens can struggle with the concept of what seems fair and what isn’t. Disappointment is something we all experience in life and how we deal with it is what’s important. The beauty of team sports is that early on a child is introduced to the fact that they won’t always win. Sometimes referee decisions will seem unfair and that’s just life. Teaching them how to cope with these feelings and the importance of perseverance and carrying on are crucial life lessons that will help them as they grow older.