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The Benefits for the kids in organised football/sports

Being In Sports

While many parents considering placing their children in organised sports and know the inherent dangers of competitive play, they may not be as aware of the benefits. Sports participation offers health and fitness advantages as well as teaches children the skill of cooperation and life lessons about winning and losing.

Fitness

Organised sports get children off the sofa and on the pitches. By participating in an organised sport help builds a childs stamina and making him more physically fit and healthier. The exercise from organised sports can help a young child to reach his activity goal for the day and decrease the likelihood of developing chronic medical conditions resulting from inactivity.

Cooperation

There is no “I” in team, and few team can rely on a single player for the team’s success. Every player on a soccer, team plays an important part in the game, and without the full cooperation of all team players, the team cannot be successful. By being a part of a team, a child learns to play his own part to help his whole team be successful.

Learning About Winning and Losing

Sports has winners and losers. Losing a game can build character as the members of the team must learn from their mistakes and strive to make a difference at the next game. Team sports also teach children to become gracious winners, as many teams encourage congratulations for both teams on a good game played, no matter the outcome (important this is always encouraged). While losing hurts, and winning feels good, learning how to not overreact to either situation can make a child a better person.

“Sports can provide excellent educational opportunities for social development because many of the social and moral requirements for participation in sports are parallels to how individuals must function in a law-abiding society,”

If you child is not involved with a team, then get them involved in a team sport or in a past time that will keep them off the streets and hanging around with the wrong people and into something positive. To many children are gallivanting these days with no respect for society or the law. Organised sports, gives kids an opportunity to become community guardian as apposed to community nightmare!

Sport is good!

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