Thursday, 7 July 2016

Developing an interest in sport

My two boys are not particularly sporty; I think this is because neither hubbie nor I follow sport with any kind of passion (although even we did get carried away with Wales in the Euro 2016!).  We have tried to develop their interest over the years, letting them try out various classes to see if any would capture their attention.

We started with karate, but have pretty much covered everything else in-between, football, rugby, sailing, boxing and kayaking.  Nothing lasted for very long and it’s a shame really because I think given the chance they would become more avid sportsmen in the future.

I think a sport is a valuable activity for children to follow; it would be nice if the school did more to encourage participation.  For example I did not realise you could actually book school organised rugby tours, I think if the boys went away with their friends even they would start to become more passionate about sport.  It’s hard not to get carried away when your peer group are all hyped up about it too and that would hopefully rub off on everyone else.

I just hope if I keep offering up opportunities they will finally find the one that suits them.  I try not to force them into sessions if their interest starts to dwindle because I think its counter productive.  They only start to resent the activity and that does not help anyone.  The only exception for this has been swimming but I wanted them to master that as it’s a life skill and helps them keep safe around water.

Sometimes as parents we are too eager to sign them up to activities because we feel its what they should be doing, I am a classic case of this myself!  But often children are just not ready for that particular activity but its not to say when they are older they might want to start.  If you give them a bit of freedom they might find their own sport, there is so much choice it’s likely there is something out there just perfect for them.

Make sure you listen to them, have a chat about how they got on that interest might spur them on.  Go watch matches, buy them a kit, be involved as much as you can and just you see slowly a love of sport may well develop.

Also bare in mind some of the reasons they might not want to do a sport, according to this BBC article competitive sport puts off schoolchildren.

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