Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Five reasons for your kids to play football

Today, the range of sports and activities that kids can get into is huge, but there’s a lot to be said for choosing a traditional team sport like football. Here we list five reasons why 2014 is a great year to get your children started playing the ‘beautiful game’.

1. It’s a World Cup year, which means there will be football mania in the media leading up to the World Cup in Brazil. If your children are learning how to play a sport that’s going to dominate the TV and internet for the next few months, they’ll feel much more a part of what’s going on. Betfair has the host nation Brazil as the favourite team to win the title with odds of 3/1, with Argentina as second favourites at 9/2. If you’re feeling patriotic and want to back England, they’re more of an outsider on Betfair at 33/1.

2. Football is a great sport for learning skills such as kicking and dribbling a ball, passing to other players and the skills you learn in football will improve hand-eye coordination in general.

3. Playing a team sport teaches children about the importance of team work, the fact that you have to work together to win the match. It can also help kids understand that it’s not just winning that counts, and that the fun of taking part is just as important.

4. Going to football practice will mean meeting a whole host of new friends. Even if your child is a little shy and reserved, if you can persuade them to try out a team sport like football, they will get to meet new people and make friends. Social skills can really be developed through team sports. 

5. Football is good old-fashioned exercise. If you have children who prefer sitting on the sofa and playing games on the tablet to spending time in the great outdoors, putting in a weekly exercise fix will be really good for their health. Having to run around for an hour will use up excess energy, encourage their appetites and should mean they get better sleep too.

There are lots of local football training sessions that you can take your kids to for a try-out. Football is often a sport played in PE lessons throughout their school years too. Give your kids the chance to try out this fun and skill-building game.

Disclaimer: This is an editorial post

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