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Is it time to sign your child up for a new sport when school starts? See our tips on how to find a sport they'll love.
Taking up a sport when school starts up is a rite of passage. But you might not be the only one with an opinion on the matter. Whether your child wants to stay active after a busy summer or you want them to meet new friends, we've got a few tips to help you find the right sport for your child.
Which sport is right for their age? What are the benefits and which sports are best for certain personalities? Let us tell you how.
First, how children learn a sport depends on their age. You can see on a daily basis how fast they pick up new skills. One of the reasons (besides the fact that your child is obviously perfect!) is that everything they learn is new to them. Learning needs to be adapted to their age.
Let us explain with a little help from Karine, a physiotherapist.
At this age, the aim is to have your child have fun while being physically active through sport.~
Without pressure or competition. From dance to gymnastics, scootering or baby swim classes, the goal is to let them do a physical activity that boosts their imagination, motor skills and spatial awareness.
“For toddlers, it's about focusing on movement and balance. They're still discovering their own bodies. Sports that require handling an object, like a ball or racket, or spatial notions such as left/right or up/down are still difficult at this age. Judo is great for little ones. It's a good sport for learning how to balance, being off balance, how to fall. Plus, they can learn how to interact with others as their socialisation skills are still developing.”
Their first sessions should be short and gentle, because they still need to rest as much as they do movement.~
The group aspect of games and physical activity will also take some time to get used to.
It is important to let your child pick a sport they like. Of course, there are always conditions to take into account (budget, availability, club location etc.), but it is unlikely that your child will be committed to a sport that is forced upon them.
Their interests are not necessarily the same as yours. If you have a daughter who's into boxing and a son who likes to dance, it's best to let them be who they are!
So which sport is your child's new passion? Team or individual, martial arts or target sports?
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