Why is Rugby such a great activity for kids?
Active children are more likely to mature into physically active adults. Benefits of sport and physical activity for children include reduced risk of obesity, increased cardiovascular fitness; improved coordination and balance, better sleep and improved social skills.
At Halfbacks we use RFU recognised coaches to help give your child the best possible standards of care and attention.
Facts about the kids of today:
- Children’s physical activity has decreased over the last 30 years by 70%.
- 27.7% of children in England aged between two and 10 are overweight.
- Kids spend an average of 5.5 hours a day in front of a TV or computer
- 50% of young people do not receive two hours of PE a week.
It is predicted that kids born today will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to inactivity and diet.
People who are active dramatically reduce their risk of many diseases, including heart disease and osteoporosis. Regular exercise is also known to reduce the risk of emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. Habits are established early in life and evidence suggests that physically active children are more likely to mature into physically active adults.
Benefits of sport for children
Some of the many benefits of sport participation for children include:
- Reduced risk of obesity
- Increased cardiovascular fitness
- Healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons
- Improved coordination and balance
- A greater ability to physically relax and, therefore, avoid the complications of chronic muscular tension (such as headache or back ache)
- Improved sleep
- Mental health benefits, such as greater confidence
- Improved social skills
- Improved personal skills, including cooperation and leadership.
Encourage your child to be physically active
Parents can help their children to be physically active in a number of ways, including:
- Lead by example – be physically active yourself.
- Make sure that some family outings offer opportunities for physical activity, such as playing sport together.
- Encourage your child to walk or ride their bicycle for short trips, rather than rely on you to drive them.
- Support your child’s efforts in sport. Give them praise and talk to them about their activities.
- Set time limits on sedentary activities like computer games and television.
Benefits of team sports such as Rugby at Halfbacks
- Respect – Respect for each other, respect for them selves, and respect for the coaches and authority.
- Encourages empathy and friendship.
- Improves energy, work rate and self esteem
- Learn the importance of perseverance and endurance
- Give your child the ability to be a child! Running around playing with friends outside enjoying the beautiful English weather?!