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Why Children Should Participate in Sports Activities

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”24650″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1506525790987{border-radius: 5px !important;}”]There are many reasons children should have access to sports facilities within the school environment and this is no secret. It’s not just the benefit of physical activity but about building on children’s confidence and developing their fundamental movement skills.

The great thing about sports for children is not only are they working on development, they don’t even realise it, as they see Sports as an element of fun. Children don’t have to be sitting behind a desk to improve on key life skills, and this is why sports is hugely important to children. Regular high quality PE & Sports and Physical activity improves the mental and physical well-being of young people, so we should aim to ensure all children have the opportunity to take part. We have broken down the key reasons children should participate in sports activities:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

1. Improves Physical Health

Did you know that the Health and Social Care Information Centre (2015) conducted a survey and found that nearly a third of children aged 2 – 15 are overweight or obese?

The importance of getting children to play sports starts with the physical advantages.


2. Improves Mental Well-being

According to the NNPCC, young people are increasingly suffering with mental health problems with children as young as 8 reporting anxiety issues. Sports can help decrease this level through improved confidence and the relief of stress and tension.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

3. Develops Social Skills

There are so many sports that can be played, both individually or as part of a team. Working in a team-based activity allows children meet new people and having to communicate new ideas, listening to others as part of a group and communicating to solve problems is just a few of the things that will help children develop their social skills during sports.


4. Builds Self-esteem and Confidence

Taking part in sports is a great way to increase a child’s confidence through encouragement and compliments. When a child is succeeding, it is the perfect opportunity as an authority figure whether it be a teacher or parent to highlight this and praise them for doing well and even rewarding them. This would be as simple as giving a winning team a trophy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”24674″ img_size=”full” alignment=”right”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”24672″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

5. Stimulate Friendly Competition

Team games are great for encouraging friendly competition and this pushes children to focus their mind on one common goal. They will need to work together with team mates to overcome issues and show dedication and commitment to improve.


6. Teaches Life Skills

As previously mentioned, children will strive to achieve in sporting activities if rewarded. This will teach children that when you work hard for something there will be a reward at the end of it. Children will take this into further education and employment to be sure they work hard to get the results they want. As with many of the points mentioned above children will gain many experiences from sports and take them into other aspects of life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]7. Make New Friends

Engaging children in sports, as already discussed, will allow them to interact with team players as they engage with each other benefiting by making new friends, hopefully life-long friends. It’s good to make children feel involved and taking part in something good rather than sitting inside, let them socialise with friends – Sport is great for this.


8. Succeeding with Education

Some people do think sports is more of a distraction than a benefit but this is shouldn’t be the way. A number of studies have found that exercise can have an influence within the school environment. Sport is known to give more energy throughout the day leading to a clearer mind, focus to be sharpened, enhanced moods and even improvement on memory.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”24673″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]