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There are so many different variations of sports out there, so much so that you wouldn’t be able to do all of them even if you tried. They are a wonderful way of bringing people together, regardless of where you come from or what your story is, and for that reason alone, they make a great addition to any child’s life. So many people seem to have this preconceived idea about how sports are only for the jocks – the popular people, but that isn’t the case at all. You don’t need a certain amount of friends or followers to be able to join a team or a club – that’s the beauty of it. Regardless of gender, or age, or sexual orientation, or race, there is something for everyone out there.
Here are some other reasons why sports are so great.
What better way for your child to gain some confidence than by learning about teamwork and having one another’s back? It will make them feel a part of something real, and needed, because if they weren’t there doing their role, then the others wouldn’t be able to do theirs. Not only that, but you can help make things even cooler by supplying your kids with sublimated football jerseys that they can wear for that extra addition. Every team member could have one with their own name or nickname personalised on there. It’s almost a way of saying – you’re important, you deserve a title.
Sports is essentially some form of activity that requires movement, and that means exercise. The brilliant thing is, it won’t appear that way to your children because they’ll be having so much fun. So they’re able to stay fit and active without being conscious of doing so. It’s important that kids are involved in physical activities growing up so that they don’t risk being overweight in the future. Not only that, but it’s great for the mind too as it releases endorphins in the brain that make you feel amazing and on top of the world, and most importantly, happy. And who doesn’t want a happy child?
Sports isn’t just about following a ball or hitting something as hard as you can – it teaches so much, not only about technique in terms of the actions, but also strategies and skills that can be used in everyday life. It teaches discipline, which is always appropriate when your child is growing up. It teaches focus, which again, is really vital in anyone’s life, especially those that have a lot going on. The ability to focus when distractions are all around you can give you a lot of power to essentially do anything. It also teaches trust, and honor, and teamwork, and those tend to be rather hard to come across nowadays, so if your child has those, you know you’ve done your job right.
So what more are you waiting for? Sign them up to a club of their choosing, and watch them grow into a beautiful person.