Organised sport is a great way for children to participate in regular physical activity.
Not only does sport increase a child’s physical fitness, it’s also is a great way for children to learn and build on life skills such a respect, self-esteem, confidence and teamwork.
Organised sport is about more than just benefiting a child physically; it helps them to understand the value of fair play and how to deal with the emotions associated with both winning and losing. There has been much talk in the media about the detriment receiving ribbons for 5th, 6th, 7th place has on children and their ability to cope with situations later in life. The emphasis however on scoring/winning and losing increases as children get older. It is most important for younger children to develop their motor skills and simply get involved.
And as if the above isn’t enough of reason to participate in sport, numerous studies have also linked participation in sport to increased academic performance at school!
Playing organised sport is one way you can be sure that your child is getting the regular physical activity they need.
Did you know?
- Only six out of 10 children aged between five and 14 years participate in sport outside of school.
- More boys (70 per cent) than girls (56 per cent) participate in sports.
- Evidence suggests that physically active children are more likely to mature into physically active adults.
- By the age of 13, nine out of 10 people are not moving enough
- In NSW only about a quarter of children between 5 and 15 years do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.
- The minimum amount of time that the Australian Government recommends your child is active per day is 60 minutes
(Source: Healthy Kids | Organised Sport https://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/parents-carers/junior-sport/organised-sport.aspx)
(Source: Better Health | Sport and Children https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/sport-and-children)