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Reasons Why Your Child Should Be Playing After School Sports

 

kids-participating-in-after-school-sports-programMany parents are reluctant to allow their children to participate in after-school sports and other physical activities because of concerns about injuries and the child’s self-esteem. Some parents worry that their children will encounter overly competitive teammates and coaches.
 
 
While these are natural parental concerns when a child initially enters the sports world, experts agree that the benefits of sports far exceed any potential risks.

Fitness Recommendations

Because this generation of children spends more time indoors than any previous generation, the nation is currently experiencing its worst childhood obesity epidemic. This crisis has prompted the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to recommend that children exercise for at least 60 minutes every day. Extensive research confirms that participation in sports reduces the risk for obesity and other serious issues like juvenile delinquency.

 

Improves Overall Health

A study entitled “Relationships Between Youth Sport Participation and Selected Health Risk Behaviors from 1999 to 2007” demonstrated that sports improve a child’s academic performance, self-esteem and social competence. Sports participation bolstered the children’s ability to solve problems and maintain normal weight. It also enhanced physical coordination and strengthened muscles and bones.

This Journal of School Health article and other published studies demonstrate that children enrolled in sports programs have a lower risk for dropping out of school, teen pregnancies and juvenile arrests.

 

Relieves Stress

According to the American Psychological Association, the benefits of exercise transcend physical fitness. Exercise releases natural substances like dopamine and serotonin that improve your child’s sense of well-being. Playing sports with friends is a fun way to alleviate stress associated with academic pressures.

 

Promotes Healthy Competition

Sports education teaches children how to deal with issues like competition that they will encounter throughout their academic, personal and professional lives. Children learn how to compete and succeed by giving their best effort during friendly competition.

 

Boosts Self-Confidence

Accomplishing important objectives in sports builds a child’s self-esteem. The competitive nature of sports places children in challenging situations that require ingenuity and perseverance.

 

Encourages Sportsmanship and Teamwork

Playing team sports teaches children how to share the responsibility and credit for the group’s performance. It also helps children learn how to be courteous whether they win or lose. Children experience positive emotions when teammates celebrate important milestones and victories.

 

Cultivates Lifelong Relationships

Many lifelong friendships begin during youth sports. The social skills that children develop in sports provide a solid foundation for building relationships throughout their lives.

 

Teaches Children How to Manage Pressure

Becoming an athlete requires a child to perform tough tasks under difficult circumstances. Playing sports helps children learn how to stay focused while dealing with pressure.

Few things in life compare to the thrill of being on a championship team, hitting a home run or scoring the winning goal. Your child can experience the rewards of sports in one of our golf camps. Beyond improving physical fitness, children socialize and work with others. Aussie Kids Atlanta provides a safe environment for children to develop essential life skills that they will use throughout life.

After School Spring Golf for Kids in Atlanta

IMG_0052It’s almost time for Aussie Kids After School Spring Golf Training! If you’re thinking about enrolling your child in a new after school sports program, it’s the perfect time to get started. Aussie Kids is the best place in Atlanta for young people of all ages to learn golf. Your son or daughter can learn to love golf in a safe, controlled environment in our huge, state-of-the-art facilities.

After school sports programs like our golf program have so many benefits! Learning a new skill can be challenging for kids, but the gratification they feel as they improve doesn’t just feel great in the moment. It also teaches them the importance of persistence and hard work. Their confidence will grow along with their new skills. They get a chance to make new friends and socialize outside of school. And, of course, they come to see the benefits of getting out of the house and moving around, instead of staying in and sitting in front of the TV, video games or the computer or the rest of the day!

There are also special reasons why golf training is great sport for young kids. Golf is a game that requires great concentration and teaches your mind and your body to work together, sometimes in subtle ways. And, more so than with some other common sports, when kids learn how to golf, they pick up a hobby they’ll be able to use for the rest of their lives. After all, lots of people keep playing golf well into old age—something that’s usually not true about football or soccer. On a related note, golf has been proven to have major health benefits: a 2008 study conducted by a major medical university in Sweden found that playing golf can add up to five years to your life expectancy.

Most important of all for the kids themselves, golf is a lot of fun! Our expert coaches know how to instill a love for the game even in young toddlers. So if you’re looking for a new activity for your kids to participate in after school in the new year, get in touch with us and enroll today. The Aussie Kids afterschool program is a great alternative to leaving your children alone or hiring someone to watch them while you’re at work.

To get a better idea of what we can do for your child, check out some our success stories.