6 reasons for your daughter to play a team sport
Team Girls is dedicated to fostering and promoting girls’ participation in sport. It’s about girls supporting girls, building up their confidence, and knowing they’re stronger when they stand together – on and off the court.
Whether it is on the court during lunch or part of an organised team on the weekend, sport can be one of life's simple pleasures. It’s a chance for your daughter to bond with her friends and family, to get active and test our her competitive streak, regardless of her age or physical ability.
A team sport will help your daughter to:
1. Get moving (regularly)
Sports encourage your daughter to go outside and move around, helping to stay healthy and fit. There is a strong link between exercise and wellbeing - 30 minutes of vigorous exercise releases endorphins in the brain which gives you energy and vitality.
Sport can be used as a great study break to keep the brain going during exams too!
2. Make friends
Team sports can help to build friendships and develop social skills. Spending time with a group of people each week who all have at least one common interest can really help your daughter expand her social circle.
3. Build confidence
Playing a sport provides the opportunity for your daughter to demonstrate skills, gain greater self-awareness and enjoy a fun activity. More than 50% of teenagers believe that playing a sport makes them feel more confident in themselves.
4. Put winning into perspective
It helps your daughter understand winning and losing, which is an inevitable part of life at school, at work and with friends. Understanding that it takes work to win and that losing can be fun too is an excellent lesson to learn early on life, and one that is useful to learn over and over again, with each weekly game.
Explaining the importance of shaking hands at the end of a game and not complaining about the opposition or calls that were made will stop your daughter being a 'sore loser' and will have a far reaching impact.
5. Stress less
Playing sports can be a great way for your daughter to escape the pressures of school and family. Immersing themselves in something entirely different for an hour or two each week can allow other stresses to fade away.
This is why it's important to keep playing sport even when it seems like you don't have time.
6. Show respect
Sport is also great for building character, learning to respect coaches, umpires, team mates and even the opposition when shaking hands at the end of a game is all about showing respect. Getting in the habit of these mandatory parts of sport will get your daughter in the habit for life.
Is your daughter really struggling getting into sport and exercise? Try showing them this guide to getting active when you’re unmotivated.
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