Top 10 Benefits Of Getting Your Child Into Sports
As parents we know how important it is to get the kids out of the house as often as possible. Too much time spent in front of the TV has a negative impact on our child’s behavior. But what are the options and why is sport (in our opinion) and especially Rugby the best option? Let’s explore the benefits of getting your child in sports.
Without doubt, fun is the main reason to get your child into sports. To see a smile on a child’s face is one of the ultimate goals of a parent. By moving their bodies and increasing their heart rate with cardiovascular exercise, children can stimulate the production of endorphins in the bloodstream. Releasing endorphins through exercise your child will experience feelings of well-being and happiness.
It’s Good For Them
It’s no secret that sports is good for your health. Government guidelines state that children who can walk on their own should be physically active every day for at least 3 hours. This should be spread throughout the day, indoors or outside (source). At age 5 this is 60 minutes per day (source), By introducing your child to Rugby Stars they will get a guaranteed 45-minute session, designed to keep them active.
It Boosts Mental Health
We take care of our bodies so we must take care of our brains. The link between physical health and mental health is incredibly important and this must be nurtured from a young age. In sports, children experience the highs and lows of competition, developing maturity as they progress.
“A clear distinction is often made between ‘mind’ and ‘body’. But when considering mental health and physical health, the two should not be thought of as separate” – mentalhealth.org.uk (source)
They Learn Through Play
Through our themed classes we a range of subjects. Mathematics, biology and science are all involved to some extent. The benefits of learning through play are great; how many tries did you score? how many tags did you take? what part of our body is this exercise developing? It’s not all academic either; we learn to play nice, respect others and work as a team – we will expand on this later.
They Meet New Friends
Sports clubs are second to School in places for children to meet new friends. By enrolling your child into their clubs age group you are automatically placing them among their peers. It’s also a great way to decipher how developed your child is compared to their peers and also give an excellent opportunity for them to develop faster as they learn from other children their own age.
It Teaches Teamwork
Ever wanted your child to be more of a team player? Or maybe they excel at home or School when asked to work with their peers. Sports clubs are the perfect way to learn or nurture those skills. In a club they learn that a whole is more than the sum of its parts.
It Teaches Discipline
We instill the ethics and values of Rugby within our classes, none more so than discipline. Do you have a strong-willed child that finds it hard (or chooses not) to listen? By being part of a team they will be shown when to listen, and why. If they are not listening out for important instructions from coaches the team and performance suffers. They will learn that to succeed they must keep both their eyes and ears open.
They Learn To Win And Lose
As parents we always want to please our children, to be their friend and a pillar of support is important. However it is difficult to intentionally disappoint a child into losing. By getting involved in team games every child will learn to win, but more importantly lose as a team. Even the most sensitive players will over time learn that it is not a negative experience, but a shared experience with friends and teammates. We all win and lose as a team.
It Teaches Them To Play Fair
We must be good winners, but even better losers. Team sports will teach a child that the most enjoyment comes out of playing the game fairly. Learning rules and sticking to them sets them up with real world skills. Supporting those less able and learning from those more advanced also balances out a child’s development greatly.
They Learn Respect
Everyone is different. We must teach children about the amazingly diverse world around them. Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it. At Rugby Stars we teach children from the earliest age that Rugby is a game for girls and boys, for all shapes and sizes and that everyone is welcome. This is why we believe Rugby is the greatest sport on earth.
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If you’d like to get your child involved in one of our great classes then you can find a class near you today! We offer free trial sessions in all of our classes.