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The benefits of playing a TEAM sport

Hi everyone! I hope your start to the week has been a positive one so far.

Today’s blog post will be on the benefits of playing a team sport for children. Unlike individual sports such as swimming, team sports involve interactions, socialising and working together as a team to achieve a common goal. As a result of this, there are many great advantages that team sports have to offer to children at both a mental and physical level.

Improved Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

As a parent, watching your child play on a team might not mean much to you, but to the child it creates an incredible boost to their self-esteem and confidence. When playing on a team whether it be on a soccer or basketball team, a child simply feels “included” and that they matter to other people, which gives them a sense of internal satisfaction. They might not score all the goals for the team but being a member on the team creates this shared identify that they experience.

Improve communication and socialising skills:

Being on a team requires you to communicate, socialise and interact to other children. This is an excellent opportunity for children to showcase their communication skills that they might be lacking. For example, when playing a basketball game and a child would like the basketball, they know that if they ask there team mate to pass them the ball that they will have a higher chance of receiving it, forcing them to communicate this message. As a result of passing them the ball, the child may pass the ball back to them demonstrating this principal of reciprocity and returning the favour.

Team sports teaches TEAM work and cooperation:

In professional sports, successful teams that win championships understand they have to effectively display team work and cooperation. Those teams that rely on a single “superstar” lack team work and therefore winning. The same applies to team sport with children.

A child may be a fantastic scorer, defender or an incredible passer, but without real cooperation and team work there is only so far a child’s skill level can take them. So by playing a team sport children MUST work together, pick each other up when someone falls and include EVERYONE on the team if that want to fully succeed.

Just remember, Michael Jordan was one of the best basketball players in the world BUT also had incredible team mates to help him reach the achievements he attained.