Getting Active for Wimbledon
Wimbledon begins on June 27th 2016 and it is the world’s oldest tennis tournament. As the only grand slam still played on a grass court, Wimbledon is one of the most widely anticipated competitions in world sport today. Whether you will be cheering on Great Britain’s Andy Murray or are keen to see the talents of Federer, Djokovic, Muguruza or Williams, be sure to stock up on strawberries and cream! The strength and stamina of the competitors is brilliant to watch and is a great opportunity to encourage children to get involved in the world of sport.
Sports and Friendly Competition
There are many benefits to children who take part in sports and friendly competition, so it’s a good idea to make the most of the summer this year and make an effort to participate regularly.
- Physical benefits – Your child will grow and develop their motor skills, balance, catching, kicking and running too. Their fitness will improve and regular involvement will promote good health and wellbeing.
- Social skills – playing sports teaches children about playing by the rules, honesty, working as a team and communication. Showing respect to other players and seeing the right way to behave as a spectator are skills that will be useful right through into adulthood.
- Sportsmanship – Perhaps most importantly, young children taking part in sports are able to experience winning and losing. Practising how to be respectful winners and how to deal with the disappointment of losing is a valuable life lesson.
Sports to Play
Enjoy tennis fun without the risk of losing the ball with this Swingball set. A great game for faced paced competition, this provides lots of outdoor fun with a tennis feel. Your child can work those arm muscles and improve their hand-to-eye co-ordination. Why not invite some friends over for a Swingball tournament?
This Junior Goal is another way to encourage competitive play in the comfort of your own garden. Football is a popular team sport for all ages and since the goal pops-up in seconds, and packs away into a backpack it also makes a great addition to any picnic in the park.
Using toys your child already has and helping to give them a competitive way to play is also fun. They can make up games and the rules themselves, developing their confidence too. Why not compete on their Mini or Maxi Scooters? It doesn’t have to be who can go fastest either, what about building a course to follow so accuracy plays a part too?
Active children grow up with a reduced risk of obesity and increased fitness levels, and they are also more likely to grow into active adults. They have better social, co-ordination and communication skills, and it can help them sleep better too. The benefits of encouraging regular active play and making sport a part of your family routine are worth the effort.
Photos Credit: Soccer Kids by Chip Griffin is licensed under CC BY 2.0Tags: active play, extra curricular activities, Outdoor Play, sports, summer activities, tennis, wimbledon
This post was written by Fundamentally Children