Team sport isn’t just about fun and exercise, it teaches children about being part of something much bigger than themselves. It teaches them how to work with others, set goals and achieve them and also helps children develop self-confidence.
It can also be a great way to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week. This will help them lead a healthier lifestyle into adulthood.
In addition, team sports can boost a child’s confidence and self-esteem by teaching them to feel confident in front of other people. Setting and reaching mini-goals, like mastering a new pass or communicating well with their teammates, can be incredibly rewarding for kids, especially those who struggle at school. This translates in many ways into the real world, and many studies have shown that students who play team sports have higher GPAs than those who don’t.
Being part of a team also teaches children the importance of respecting their coaches, players and other adults. This can help them build positive relationships with other adults later in life. It can also teach them good sportsmanship and to appreciate both winning and losing, which will come in handy in the workplace, as well as in social situations.
A child will learn how to be punctual and organised as they will have to turn up to practice on time every week. They will also be expected to follow rules and understand that disobeying or arguing with a coach could potentially lead to them getting sent off!