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6 reasons for your daughter to play a team sport

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.

2. Make friends

Team sports can help to build friendships and develop social skills.

3. Build confidence

Playing a sport provides the opportunity for your daughter to demonstrate skills, gain greater self-awareness and enjoy a fun activity.

4. Put winning into perspective

It helps your daughter understand winning and losing, as well as recognising the value of teamwork in having a shared goal. No one wants to be a ‘sore loser’.

5. Stress less

Playing sports can be a great way for to escape the pressures of school and family.

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.

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If your child, or anyone you know is having issues with self-esteem, confidence or mental or physical health, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

This content includes the views and opinions of a third-party, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Suncorp. Information is intended to be of a general nature only and any advice has been prepared without taking into account any person's particular objectives, personal situation or needs.

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