Sports help children keep fit, develop skills, make friends and build resilience. They also teach them how to be positive and focus on effort, participation and fun rather than winning or losing.
Getting started with Sports
If you’ve never tried a sport before, starting a new season can be intimidating. But don’t let that deter you from trying out a new sport – there are many great sports for all ages and abilities to try.
Developing leadership capabilities: Playing sports can help you learn how to lead a team. It can even boost your career. A study showed that 94% of female corporate executives played a sport and that 61% said it contributed to their success (EY Women Athletes Business Network/espnW, 2014).
Improved physical fitness: Regular exercise helps your heart beat faster and increase your lung capacity. It also improves the strength of your bones and muscles.
Meeting new people: When you participate in a sport, you’ll likely meet new people from different backgrounds and beliefs. This can help you meet new friends and open up new opportunities for career or business development.
Planning: It is important to plan ahead when playing a game. This will allow you to see the consequences of your actions, and help you adjust quickly.
Earnestness and sincerity: Practicing a sport involves being honest about mistakes. It also requires you to show a positive attitude when the team is doing well and when things aren’t going as smoothly as they should.