Children spend a lot of time sitting, confined by stuffed schedules, and surrounded by digital devices in an over-protective and anxiety-producing environment.
Sports practice is an excellent counter-balance: it has numerous and clear benefits for children, not only health-related but also at a developmental level, namely related to the child's sociability or the formation of his or her personality.
Sports: a privileged way of transforming children and young people's lives
Sports practice should begin at very early ages. Doctors and academics argue physical activity should be promoted and encouraged by parents and educators immediately after the first year of life.
The next step is choosing a sporting activity. It shouldn't be random: it must be appropriate to the child's developmental stage and take into account his or her age, personality and needs.
We at Move Sports believe there are obvious benefits to playing sports, in particular team sports. Here are ten reasons for it:
- Improvement of physical development. It is known that those who practice some kind of physical activity tend to be healthier. Sports improve bone, muscle and joints development.
- Development of motor skills. An athlete has fewer problems with balance, postural adjustment and motor coordination in general.
- Improvement of emotional control and regulation. The famous motto "a healthy mind in a healthy body" is not by chance. Sports are essential for relieving significant stress loads and channelling frustrations, which allow for a healthier relationship with one's own emotions.
- Ability to solve problems and make decisions. Childhood is a golden time for the development of critical thinking and the ability to deal with complexity. Challenging and fun sports activities that stimulate children differently from their daily lives play an important role.
- Development of self-esteem, self-confidence and fair play. At a time when bullying is top-of-mind, it is important to note that sports, namely team sports, highly favour team spirit and awareness of ethical and moral values.
- Acquisition of social skills. Skills such as the ability to communicate and work as a team are talents picked up by kids in sports. Those talents will serve them in all spheres of their future lives, be it on the personal or the professional level.
- The value of multiculturality. On the field, we're all the same! In sports, young people will share the same space with peers from different economic and cultural backgrounds and will learn that this is a beneficial thing - and not the other way around.
- Promotes values such as commitment and ambition. The competitiveness inherent to sports lends itself to a valuable lesson: to achieve a particular objective, you must put in a lot of work, effort and dedication, without which you won't succeed.
- Learn to lose. If there is one thing that sports teach you, it is that life is made of both victories and defeats and that it is vital to learn and grow stronger from the latter, not least because you have a team that supports you even when you make mistakes.
- Have fun! Practising a team sport he or she likes will necessarily lead to new friendships and to acquire skills and values that will ultimately turn them into functional and basically decent adults without even realising it - because, above all, they are having fun!
This is our vision of team sports. Kids have a lot to gain from joining a team, whatever it may be. Team sports are not a small universe, so there's a lot of choices for all tastes and personalities: from football to rugby, from handball to volleyball, from korfball to basketball, to name just a few.