Sports teams or clubs offer a number of benefits to children. They not only help to improve your child’s physical health, but they can also support your child’s mental health too.
It is important for children to be active every day and this needs to be encouraged both at school and at home. Joining a sports club can also teach your child about teamwork and resilience.
I have collaborated with an independent school in Guildford to explore the many reasons why sports teams should be encouraged…
Sports teams give children an opportunity to take part in a range of physical activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. These activities also help children to grow in confidence by developing a number of personal skills. As children get better at certain sports and their hard work begins to pay off, they will cultivate a growth mind-set. Older children, in particular, will be able to evaluate their own performances and make room for improvement. This positive attitude will transpire in all other aspects of your child’s education and personal life.
Another huge benefit of sports clubs is the teamwork involved. Working as a group to achieve a shared goal helps children with their ability to communicate effectively, while highlighting the importance of partnership. Being part of a team allows children to develop close relationships with others and leaves them with a strong support system.
Stress is inevitable as children grow up and become teenagers, particularly around exam time. Children can use sports teams to take a break from these pressures, by seeing friends and having fun. Furthermore, physical activity has been proven to reduce stress because it helps to release endorphins. Endorphins are known as the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals because they stimulate feelings of pleasure and well-being.