Kids are active, some have hyper imaginations while others channel that energy into other things like actions. They let themselves sometimes get carried away and other times they can fall off the deep end to try and channel that boundless energy. Sometimes it isn’t even about the energy, it’s because of lack of attention or dedication to their wellbeing that can sometimes take even the most well behaved child off track.
There’s a reason why it’s been proven that sports education and extracurricular activities help these kids stay off the streets. Namely football. With leagues and teams sprouting just about anywhere, there’s a chance for your kid to make into a team in a small role and work their way up. Sure, there are kids that are built for these things but the energy, the drive can be channeled productively no matter how small.
Sports create a sense of comradery, a sense of unity. It brings people together. It brings communities and diverse people into something wonderful. The reason that they are there is for the kids, it’s for the fun. Sure, there are the ones that get carried away maybe just a bit but the entertainment is there.
It’s not just the schools that need to continue on with this practice, it’s organizations that work for the community that also have to keep these programs going. It gives children who don’t want to go home to a place to go. Football gives them a place that is just for them while at the same time share their love for the sport with other kids. It gives them a common ground, a stepping stone to not just build friendships but to build a place where they can belong. It keeps them grounded so they don’t go elsewhere.
Areas where football is played have less crime rates, less problems due to that exact reason. The participation is high. The more open the participation is, the less problems they can gather. Kid’s productivity grows when they are channeling energy, life, and their passions in a healthy environment. With helpful coaches and staff members that provide good guidelines and ambient support, these kids will have a second home. A safe home, feel protected.
That’s why sports are important. That’s why football is important. The good players can build a foundation for an eventual career but then there are those that the sports help them more than the outside world know. It gives them a safer place not just for their energy, but by channeling that enthusiasm into a sport…they make the community around them a better place to live in as well.
There is a whole host of reasons why as a parent you should be keen to get your kids into football. These range from the obvious health benefits which are caused from regular exercise, to social and developmental reasons such as developing people skills and making friends. Furthermore football is the world’s most watched and participated sports so where ever you are forced to move to for whatever reason you are always sure there is going to be a local team for your little ones to take part in.
The health benefits
Football like any exercise is great for any child’s growth. If you have followed the news headlines for the past 10 years, you will be aware that the Europe and North America especially are suffering from an obesity crisis in youngsters. According to the CDC over the past thirty years, obesity in children has doubled in the USA and quadrupled in adolescents. 18% of children between the ages of 6-11 in 2012 where clinically obese in the USA with rates in adolescents reaching 21%.
Football is a sport that you can start early. Depending on your local club your child could start the sport as early as the age of 4 or 5. As a sport it offers extensive cardio vascular exercise great for burning any un-expended calories. Football benefits also include increased metabolism meaning that your child will be able to burn off any calories faster. Getting your child into the habit of doing sports at a young age also means that they are more likely to continue partaking throughout their teenage years and their early twenties.
Other benefits however include going outside and absorbing that vitamin D that is so hard to get from anywhere else. 21st century kids are very prone to spending vast amounts of time in front television sets and video game consoles, not socialising. Football practice can be the perfect excuse to get out as a family and socialise.
Furthermore as a parent it is very hard to keep an eye on and monitor online or in game friendships, if on the other hand they are meeting real people you can organize further “outside time” by inviting friends over and if you are extra paranoid you even have the chance to “vet” the parents of the kids your children are socialising with.
Football will also help your children develop social skills, by physically meeting and interacting with adults (such as coaches and other parents) and other children their own age, they will develop the important social skills required to fit into society and move forward towards adult life.
Other benefits of exercise which are often overlooked are the positive effect it can have mental health. Any person with anxiety or depression for example of any age, who seeks advice from the doctor, the first piece of advice they will receive is a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Overall football is a wonderful sport and the fact that there is such a vast number of participants around the globe just supports this fact.