Teamwork teaches children respect and discipline

ALL IN: Children can learn a lot from playing a team sport, say the experts.
ALL IN: Children can learn a lot from playing a team sport, say the experts.

With physical activity levels in children in decline due to factors including an increase in screen time, encouraging them to participate in a team sport they love is one way to help them keep them active and engaged.

Popular team sports for Australian children aged between 6 and 13 include soccer, basketball, cricket, netball, Aussie Rules and rugby league.

Aside from the obvious health benefits of regular exercise and activity, there are many social and emotional benefits of playing a team sport, according to the PCYC.

Children grow up learning to respect teammates, coaches, officials and their opposition and learn to follow rules.

Playing by the rules encourages discipline - doing the wrong thing and incurring penalties will set you back.

Children learn to be on time, to take care of their equipment and to organise among themselves how to succeed, to be at training and to practise.

They learn they need to put in the hard work, the practice, the time and effort if they want to succeed and improve their performance.

Team sports show children how to work with teammates to achieve a common goal.

Taking part in organised sports can help boost a child's self-image and confidence.

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