What My Child May Gain from Sport

by Department of Sport and Recreation / Western Australia

Physical benefits:

  • Improve fitness, strength, flexibility and coordination
  • Improve general health and helps weight management
  • Develop a wide range of motor skills
  • Establish healthy behaviors that young people will carry throughout their lives

Social benefits:

  • Develop communication and interpersonal skills
  • Develop leadership and cooperation skills
  • Create lasting friendships
  • Increase interest in accepting responsibility
  • How to deal with winning and losing
  • Provide a vehicle for responsible risk taking

Personal benefits:

  • Enjoyment factor – a biggy!
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence
  • Improve ability to concentrate: facilitating better performance at school
  • Learn self-discipline, commitment and responsibility
  • Learn organizational skills and how to share
  • Learn how to deal with pressures and stress
  • Encourage health related behaviors i.e. better eating habits, less likely to smoke

What’s in it for Parents?

It not just your kids who will benefit from playing sport

  • You get to be a bigger part of their lives by sharing more of their experiences
  • Appreciate that your children are having fun, being active and healthy
  • Healthy children means a reduction in medical costs
  • You know where your children are, that they are being supervised and having fun
  • Research has shown that children who are involved in sport tend to stay in school longer and get better grades
  • Assist in developing behaviors that will encourage life long health and well being.

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