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.