When you think of volunteering abroad, you likely imagine helping children with homework or administrating medical checkups. But have you ever thought about spending your time volunteering abroad working with sports programmes? Getting involved with sports is extremely beneficial to children, no matter where they are in the world. Here’s just some of the ways playing sports can help kids grow and develop important lifelong skills.
This is one of the most obvious benefits of playing sports, but also one of the most important. Getting enough physical activity is extremely important for children, with the NHS recommending that children and young people aged 5 to 18 get 60 minutes of physical activity per day. According to livestrong, physical activity has several benefits for kids, including developing motor skills, promoting bone development, and preventing disease. Moreover, maintaining an active lifestyle growing up makes it more likely to continue this lifestyle as an adult. Being involved in a sports team is a fun and exciting way to keep kids active, and gives them a reason to get up and moving!
Playing on a sports team is a great way to develop team skills in children. For many young kids, playing a team sport is their first experience working in a team. In a team sport, all the players have to work together in order to be successful. Each individual child learns what their strengths are and are placed into a specific role on the team that best utilizes those strengths. They then learn how all these roles fit together to reach a goal. Learning how to work well with others is a valuable skill that everyone needs in life, and playing on a sports team can help kids learn these skills early on.
Learning new skills and developing a talent is a great way to build self confidence in kids. When they master a new skill, beat a personal record, or score a goal in a game, children feel accomplished with themselves. Additionally, the praise they receive from teammates and coaches can add to their self-esteem. Even looking at the opposite side of things, kids can learn that making a mistake while playing a sport or losing a game isn’t the end of the world. They learn to accept bumps along the road without it hurting their overall self confidence. Playing on a sports team can be a great place to build self confidence in a safe, supportive environment.
Think that you may be interested in working with kids and sports programmes? Learn more about our sports programmes in Ghana here!