Sports and Fitness Clubs
Having your child joining a sports club or fitness club is one of the best investments your can make for your child's health. The key is for them to enjoy it and it shouldn't be something taken too seriously.
The advantages of getting involved regularly in sports and activities are huge. Better fitness and health, less likelihood of being overweight or obese , improved self esteem, better academic performance and a higher likelihood to get peer acceptance possibly resulting in having more friends. Sporty children are less likely to smoke or take drugs, get stressed or get involved in violence.
As all parents are surely aware of, there is a club for just about every sport and activity, for example (in no particular order and far from comprehensive):
- American Football
- Martial Arts
- Table Tennis
- Skiing and Snowboarding
In order to choose an appropriate sport or activity, think about your child's interests and ask them! Research club times and see if you can commit to them, at least most of the time. You should have realistic expectations in terms of achievements and celebrate and show an interest in their participation as well as the results. Children generally enjoy their parents coming to watch them as this is seen as a sign of you showing an interest in their hobbies as long as the parent DOES NOT over-pressurise them to perform. If this is the case then the result can be anxious kids who get stressed and depressed and can be turned off sport for life.
The goal of coaches and parents in the early days should be mainly to ensure all child goals are met i.e. things are kept fun. If this happens the child is likely to keep playing and get better at their own pace.
Check out your local clubs and encourage your child to join - for fun. All the benefits will come naturally thereafter.