Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Kick a Goal by Choosing the Right Sport

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Kick a Goal by Choosing the Right Sport

Article excerpt

WHAT sport for your child?

It's a big question many families face at this time of year and there are plenty of factors to consider.

Here are some of them.

Whose idea is it?

Is it your choice or your child's to play a particular sport?

Unless your child is motivated to be involved, getting them to training and competition can be a real problem.

Just because you or your partner where great at one sport doesn't mean your child will feel the same.

However, if they have a friend or two that's signing up at the same time they will see the social benefits from the word go.

Don't underestimate peer pressure and its good and bad points and make sure you discuss with your child why they want to do their chosen sport and canvass their level of commitment before you sign up.

What's involved?

If you or your child are going to commit to a sport or team, make sure you'll be up for most training sessions and fixtures a[pounds sterling] it's tough on coaches and other players to have members who can't be relied upon.

If making training and games or competition can be a problem a[pounds sterling] for example when a child's parents are separated and there's shared care a[pounds sterling] speak to the coach or someone from the club and let them know; most clubs will be happy to accommodate if they are told in advance if a player will or won't be showing.

Some sports or activities cost more than others; check out what you're up for and if the budget allows.

What sport suits?

The best sport for your child is one they find interesting and the most fun.

Team sports like hockey, basketball, netball and any code of football build tremendous skills in terms of working with others but some children struggle with not getting as much possession of the ball as they'd like.

If it's their first attempt at a team sport then explain they aren't going to be the focus of play all the time. …

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