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Why do kids play sport?

It's obvious, isn't it?

Kids play because they want to have fun and enjoy themselves.

But that's not the only reason.

The confidence trick

Playing sport will give your child bags of confidence. They'll also get a real sense of achievement.

For a lot of kids sport is their chance to shine, but others can get demoralised.

So remember to make sure the sport your child plays is the one they're best suited to.

Team player

Kids like to feel part of a team and with sport they can feed off the energy and enthusiasm of their team-mates.

It can really bring them out of their shell.

Winning's not everything

Sport's really exciting. But not all kids are in it to win it.

While some children love to compete, others shy away from it. So don't be pushy! It could scare your child away from sport altogether.

If your kids do enjoy winning see if there are competitions that they can enter where they will compete against youngsters of a similar age.

Remember to find a balance between sport and play.

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Children will only take part in sport if it's fun. I'm not dealing with elite performers, so I downplay technique and concentrate on involvement and constant activity.
- A Shields, cricket coach and father


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