How to Get Your Child Interested in Sports

Getting your children into a sport is one of the best things you can do to prepare them for the life ahead of them. Playing a sport will assist them to learn valuable skills for life including working as a team, learning how to lose, respecting authority, patience, controlling their emotions and building self-esteem.

As well as the valuable life skills that your child will learn, the physical benefits of playing a team sport are far reaching. Importantly, it will prepare your child for living a healthy life. At Salisbury Super Sports, our young team players are enthusiastic to come along every week to spend time with their friends, learn new skills and get fit!

Make it Fun!

Often, parents put too much pressure on their child to play a sport, and this can translate into the experience being one of stress, rather than fun. Many parents have an idea when their baby is born that they want to see them playing a particular sport and this dream can often be hard to let go of if their child has other ideas. Letting your children choose the sport that they want to play will help them to feel inspired to actually front up and go the distance with playing the sport. When things get challenging, as they sometimes do, your children will be more likely to keep at it if it is a dream that they have thought of themselves.

Get Them Kitted Out

We all know that having the right equipment is an important part of feeling good about ourselves. Fitting in with the team can make a big difference to how well your child enjoys the experience. Encourage your child to feel enthusiastic about playing their team sports by having the correct equipment. A shiny new uniform that they get to put on before the game will make them feel good about the experience and themselves.

Encourage Their Friends to Get Involved

For children, the opportunity to do something fun with their friends is a big factor in their receptivity to doing something. Encouraging their friends’ parents to get their own children involved will mean that your child has another reason to be enthusiastic about the idea of going to their game each week. When it comes to crunch time on those days when they just don’t feel like getting moving, the mention of the opportunity to be with friends can make all the difference to getting them up and into their uniform ready for the game. Additionally, the chance to practice techniques with their mates during their spare time can assist them in gaining new skills, and as we know, practice makes perfect.

Giving your Children a Sporting Chance

‘Puppy fat’ is a cute name for a very serious problem. Obesity in children is becoming a major issue. In Australia, it is also on the rise. One study found that the rate of obesity in pre-teen boys had doubled in the past thirteen years and that around 14% of boys in this age group were now considered clinically obese.

While obesity rates for girls have remained more stable at 6%, the number of girls in the same age group being classified as obese has increased significantly.

What is Obesity?

For people to be considered obese, they need to have a Body Mass Index score of 25% or above. This score is calculated by dividing your weight by your squared height. Whilst this is a simple calculation and ranges can vary widely, depending on bone structure and other factors, a BMI of 25% is never a good thing.

Why the Change?

The reasons cited for the change in BMI for children was the more sedentary lifestyles that they have today. Nowadays, children spend a lot of time glued to small screens such as mobile phones, televisions and computers, and a lot less time running around playing outside.

Children today also have a much busier social schedule – more school, more extra-curricular activities, etcetera, and less time to exercise.

This can also have some serious health implications. Doctors recommend a minimum of thirty minutes of exercise five times a week, in order to maintain good health – most adults barely make the minimum, let alone children.

Getting Children to Exercise

Let’s face it, the chances of getting your children excited about going to gym, especially if they haven’t been into exercise before, are very slim. For people to keep up an activity, they need to have some interest in it.

Indoor Sports

That’s where indoor sports such as indoor cricket and soccer can come in. Children can play at night, and in any type of weather. They can therefore fit the sports into their busy schedules.

Indoor sports are a convenient and fun way to get fit – there are various different teams for players of different abilities and matches can be as serious or as much fun as required. The main idea is that children get to move around and exercise without feeling as though they are working out. Indoor Sports also offers a great opportunity for family and sibling bonding.

Obesity is often found to be rooted in feelings of low self-esteem and inadequacy. Children will literally eat because it is the only thing that makes them feel better. Indoor sports can help to build confidence and allow children to make new friends.

This is invaluable in combating childhood obesity.

Give Your Child a Sporting Chance

By now all of us know the importance of keeping fit and healthy. It is especially important for us to keep our children healthy and fit as well. Everyone should aim to get at least half an hour of exercise four to five times a week.

Do Children Need Exercise?

Once children hit school-going age, they can become fairly sedentary because of sitting behind desks all day. We also know that good habits formed in our youth are a good basis to take forward to our adult lives.

For these reasons, it is important that children engage in some form of exercise.

What Type of Exercise?

You are unlikely to get a lot of children interested in going to the gym every day – it is simply too boring. Sports are a much easier way for them to get their required daily exercise.

Not only are sports fun, they provide a useful lesson in team-work, help to give the children goals to work towards, such as making the first team. They also allow an ideal bonding opportunity between youngsters and their parents; they can play with their parents or be supported by them at games.

Which Sports?

That will largely depend on your child’s interests. Teams are normally set up for various skill levels so there should be somewhere for your child to fit in, no matter what skill level.

Your child could try a more active, intense sport, such as soccer or volleyball or something a little more relaxed such as cricket. Most schools offer sports as an after-school activity.

When to Practice

The only problem with school practices is that they tend to be once or twice a week only – not really enough exercise to keep children healthy. Therefore, a good alternative to school sports are the best indoor sports at Salisbury Super Sports where children are allowed to practice their sports regardless of weather conditions and also at night. They also allow adults the chance to play sports with their youngsters on a regular basis, outside of working hours.

You can coach your children into improving their game or just let them have a relaxed session of play.

Salisbury Super Sports have several leagues of their own and this gives your children the perfect opportunity to perfect their game and have fun at the same time.

Overall, you will probably find that indoor sports are a viable and fun alternative to attending a gym. For more information go to http://supersports.com.au.