10 Reasons Why Kids Should Play Sports

By Joy Xie


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1.     Playing sports tires kids physically – Two 30-minute sessions weekly scheduled for P.E. in school is never sufficient for a growing child. By situating a good 1.5 hour sport session twice a week with proper coaching, kids will be fully spent, and in turn make them understand the importance of time management that they learn how to manage their time. There are so many outdoor activities out there these days to explore instead of being on our devices!

2.     Playing sports help kids understand and appreciate the tool of learning kinetically – Not everyone is born a visual, auditory, read-write learner. Playing sports helps children understand that some people need to move in order to absorb knowledge. This would help them become more conscientious in other areas of learning.

3.     Values learned in sports – Discipline, Playing by the rules, Teamwork and Learning how to accept strength and weaknesses – Playing sports help children understand them personalities and characters better over time. This early exposure and idea sense of self-awareness greatly benefit the children in other aspect of their lives when they proceed to their teenage years.


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4.     Gives them something to talk about with their friends in the present, and in the future – Playing and knowing different forms of sports help children find topics to bond.
 

5.     Playing sports help children them become less racists or judgemental – especially when playing with people of different body types, colour, injury/ disability.
 

6.     Being active early always helps when you’re older, for e.g. Gymnastics.
 

7.     Gives them chances to show leadership and articulate their ideas when being competitive/ preparing for competitions.
 

8.     Gets them ready to understand work-life balance in the future ; in school it’ll be exams-CCA balance. Learning to multi-task and excel without being too tough on themselves.


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9.     Helps them understand nutrition and first aid, and cherish those days when they’re healthy and fit.
 

10.  Helps with confidence and self-esteem issues, especially during puberty.

 

 

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