In Australia, sports is one of the national pastimes and many Australians enjoy the opportunity to watch sports, follow the progress of their favourite sports team and keep up to date with new developments in the sport that they love. Playing a sport yourself adds a whole new dimension to the activity and personalises the opportunities to learn while watching the game, thus providing new and interesting insights.
Anyone can be a couch critic during a sports game, and many people relish the idea of talking about what the players are doing and why, but having a first-hand experience of playing the game can add a whole new scope for the experience. Getting active by actually playing the sport yourself will enrich your life by getting you off the couch and getting the blood flowing through your body, which leads to greater physical fitness and increased happiness for life. Salisbury Super Sports sees people from all walks of life getting active and increasing their well-being by joining a team sport at the centre.
While we may often have the opportunity to watch a sport with friends, much of the time we spend watching sports is done alone and does not bring us into contact with others, which can lead to a sense of isolation. In the world of today, much of our communication is done remotely through our phones and internet, so humans are becoming more socially isolated, sometimes going for days without actually really connecting with another person face to face. We may discuss the game over the water cooler at work, but the opportunity to play the sport with other like-minded people gives us the opportunity to meet new people and have meaningful interactions that enrich our lives.
Put Skills To Use
During the process of watching a game or following a sport, we inadvertently pick up information about how to play the game – what works and what doesn’t. These valuable skills and knowledge that we gain through talking about the game, watching its players and following their highs and lows, gives us an insight into ways of being a great team player, but if we don’t play ourselves we are not fully experiencing the game. Joining a team sport gives us the opportunity to ‘put our money where our mouth is’ and put these valuable skills to use in real situations where we can improve and learn through the practice.
At Salisbury Super Sports, we often find that when sports buffs start playing a sport themselves with us, they learn that the practical application of theories is often a lot more challenging, but rewarding.