Parents

Why Encourage Sport?

All parents are hoping that their children grow up in a fit and healthy manner. Whether you are hoping to produce the next opening batter for England, a future gold medalist for team GB in the Olympics, or merely wanting your child to pursue a sporting lifestyle, we can help set them off on the right foot.

Obesity in children is at an all time high in the UK, and it is vital that we all work together to fight the first stages of this. We encourage children to enjoy the feeling of exercise, to push them selves and to understand the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle. By putting you child into any of our schemes, we can guarantee that they are enjoying a safe, exercise filled session of sport.

Some of the sad facts:

  • 10% of children are obese when they start school
  • 20% of children are obese by the time they reach year 6
  • Compulsory PE in primary schools is being lowered
  • Funding for schools sports Partnership abolished (SSP)
  • 60% drop off in organized sport at school
  • 30.3% of children aged (2-15) are overweight or obese
  • 1 in 4 Children at School are not taking part in organized sport
  • Among 5 to 16-year-olds, 12% are inactive, rising to 58 per cent among 16 to 19-year-olds.
  • A significant amount of a child’s life is now spent playing video games and sitting in front of the television.
  • Type 2 diabetes is significantly rising, and a contributing factor is a sedentary lifestyle without exercise

If you needed any additional reasons to encourage you child to participate in sport, here are some positive factors:

  • Research has found that children that play sports, especially girls, are more likely to have a positive body image and higher self-esteem.
  • Physical activities are a good way to relieve stress and reduce depression
  • Sports help children develop discipline. They learn to set goals and then work to achieve those goals
  • Statistics show that children who are involved in sports while in high school are more likely to experience academic success
  • Sports help develop teamwork and leadership skills. Children quickly learn that they have to work together as a team to win the game.
  • Motor skills, strategic thinking, and even math skills are learned by playing sports. Students develop strategic thinking as they figure out the best way to get around a player or score a goal.
  • Regular exercise increases quality of life. Children who exercise are more likely to continue the practice into adulthood.

Just in case you needed a few more:

  • Reduced risk of obesity
  • Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • Healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • Improved coordination and balance
  • A greater ability to physically relax and, therefore, avoid the complications of chronic muscular tension (such as headache or back ache)
  • Improved sleep
  • Mental health benefits, such as greater confidence
  • Improved social skills
  • Improved personal skills, including cooperation and leadership.

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Parents FAQs will answer some of your specific questions about our schemes. A selection of our polices are available within the Schools section, but for any additional information please do not hesitate in contacting our inquiries.

“I don’t call it badminton, I call it good-minton,”

“I’ve never lost a game, I just ran out of time.”

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. ”

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”

“I have failed many times, and that is how I succeed”