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KIDS / Oct ‘2017

Sport’s fun for kids

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KIDS / OCT ‘2017

Sport’s fun for kids

Just some of the ways that sport can benefit your children is through improving their physical fitness, building friendship and improving their overall confidence.

Words Freelancer

Sport is deeply entrenched in the Australian culture. With our beautiful beaches, parks and open spaces participating in sport is part of the Australian way of life. So it will come as no surprise that swimming and soccer have topped the list of most popular sports played by Australian children between the ages of 5-14.

Girls took more to the water with almost one in five participating in some kind of swimming activity and the round ball game remained popular with the boys, almost a quarter of them are out regularly kicking a soccer ball.

The recent (2012) survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics gives an interesting insight into the extra-curricular activities Aussie parents are choosing for their kids.

60 per cent of children participated in at least one organised sport outside of school hours and of those, 66 per cent were boys compared with 54 per cent of girls. The most active age group are children between 9 and 11 years old. On average, Aussie kids spend five hours a fortnight playing and training in organised sport outside of school hours.

On average, Aussie kids spend five hours a fortnight playing and training in organised sport outside of school hours.
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AFL

Being one of the most supported and watched sports in Australia it’s no surprise kids want to play AFL. The NAB AFL Auskick program provides boys and girls with a fun and safe football experience that serves as an introduction to a lifetime of involvement in the game.

This highly successful program is not just about introducing children to Australian Football, it also teaches children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and being physically active.

At NAB AFL Auskick children learn:

  • Fundamental motor skills for future physical activity and sports participation
  • About fitness conditioning, including how to train and practice
  • Basic principles and importance of health and nutrition
  • Important social skills, including cooperation and respect for others

For more information on where to participate in NAB AFL AusKick vist http://www.aflauskick.com.au

 

 

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NETBALL

Netball is a team sport where kids can learn ball-eye coordination and increase fitness and stamina. Netball Australia runs programs for girls and boys for ages 5 and up. There is also a modified game called Netta’s for 8-10 year olds, in which children rotate positions each quarter. Netball is a completely non-contact sport.

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BOUNCE is used by a growing number of schools and sporting clubs for improving coordination and all round fitness and strength.

BOUNCE Inc

With separate areas constantly monitored by fully-trained staff, parents can relax in the café to enjoy a healthy lunch and soak up the great vibe while their kids bounce around in a safe, supervised environment.

BOUNCE is a Cannington-based giant indoor trampoline park with a range of high-octane activities offering serious fun for active kids. With separate areas constantly monitored by fully-trained staff, parents can relax in the café to enjoy a healthy lunch and soak up the great vibe while their kids bounce around in a safe, supervised environment.

It truly is an urban playground with over 100 interconnected trampolines, giant airbags and padding to land on including a Free Jumping Arena, Performance Trampolines, Free-style Wall, trampoline ‘Dodge-ball’ and Australia’s first Super Tramp (5m x 5m).

BOUNCE is used by a growing number of schools and sporting clubs for improving coordination and all round fitness and strength.

OVERALL, SPORT IS IMPORTANT FOR KIDS BECAUSE IT CAN…

  • Improve physical fitness
  • Improve confidence through learning skills and success
  • Help children to learn to control their impulses – this is necessary for success in sport as well as social relationships
  • Help build friendships
  • Start lifetime interests
  • Help children learn about rules and fair play
  • Help children to cope with winning and losing
  • Help children do better at schoolwork

 

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