I played a lot of sports when I was a kid, from kicking a footy around with my old man to getting my first real taste of competitive sport at Little Athletics.
Being active was an important part of my childhood and, as a parent, this is something I’ve tried to replicate with my own kids.
Aside from the obvious health benefits, the lessons you can learn through playing sports as a kid are endless. Most of them are subconscious, but they’re lessons that stay with you throughout your adult life. Team sports, for example, teach us an ability to work in groups, which is something that we’re constantly asked to do as we grow up.
But the truth is, not all sports suit all children. I thought getting my son into athletics was a great idea because I’d loved it so much when I was his age – but he hated it. He prefers the footy. Give your kids the opportunity and encouragement to give different things a go until they find the kind of exercise they really enjoy.
You can go about this in two ways: you can match them up with sports that showcase and practice the talents and skills they already have, or you can encourage them to do sports that will help them develop certain skills further.
To help with the process of trial and (inevitable) error, take a look at our infographic to see which sports might bring out the best in your child.