fitness, sports, team sports

Why you should encourage children to play team sports.

Hi everyone! Welcome back to my sports and fitness blog. Today, I wanted to talk to you all about  team sports and children.  I recently enrolled my daughter into a football club after months of her asking me to, and boy do I wish I’d done it sooner.  I bought her some new equipment from and she has been tearing down the field every Wednesday afternoon since, come rain, snow or shine.  There’s many reasons I regret not enrolling her sooner, as sports teams provides so many benefits for both children and adults.

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  1. Teamwork
    Participating in group sports can help build friendships with both the other team members as well as the coaches.  It can also put winning into perspective and encourage team members to recognise and appreciate each other for the effort they put in rather than just their abilities.  There’s also much to be said for working towards the same goal, and having a group alongside you trying to accomplish that goal can be great for camaraderie.
  2. Learning to accept feedback.
    One of the hardest things to learn is the to accept criticism, both constructive and otherwise.  To accept feedback and then improve in sports, you must be teachable, and have to be receptive to working on that feedback.  Sports are played in an informal setting which creates an open environment where feedback can be given and received without any impact on your everyday life.  The feedback that you get in team sports, is likely to be applicable in your work and life off the pitch.
  3. Communicating.
    When playing a team sport you have to be very clear and concise in your communication, especially whilst in the middle of a game.  You also have to be very self aware of your strengths and weaknesses as well as others.  Being able to openly discuss everyone’s strengths and how they play into the team can be invaluable, and help build self confidence as well as team confidence.
  4. Focus.
    Participating in a team sport makes you think as part of a team.  During a match this team spirit alongside how you fit into your team will make sure that you focus on your join in the team and make sure you’re on the ball at all times.  Most team sports have a specific time frame and a deadline when the game is finished.  This forces focus and encourages others to focus as well.
  5. De-stress.
    Any form of exercise can help with stress management.  Focusing on a game and being a part of a larger team can also help relieve stress.  Team sports can also have a lot of conflicts, and learning how to resolve these efficiently will help you in everyday life.

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There’s so many other reasons to participate in team sports that I haven’t been able to touch on here.  Just make sure you enjoy yourself and read this article from a few weeks ago if you need any tips for what to keep in your football bag.

And to any Football fans out there, it seems the Terrible Towel is continuing it’s magic powers.  So excited to see Steelers play in next weeks Conference match.