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6 reasons to play a team sport

21 September 2013

It's that time of the year again, time to sign up for summer sports. 

So time for a list of the 6 reasons we think you should sign your children or yourself up for a teamsport. 

1. Make new friends

You have more chance of making good friends if you surround yourself with other people of similar interests. Team sports are a great way to meet like minded people and in order for the team to function properly you must get along with eachother. A lot of life long friends come from playing in teams and a successful team is likely to be a team that gets along and knows how to work with eachother on and off the court. 

2. Learn to work in a group

In order for a team to function properly, each member must learn to perform their required task well and communicate with fellow team members. Understanding that a group of people can achive a common goal and that each person within the group plays an important role is a skill that translates well to the business world also. You must also learn to compromise; there is a time when you can be the star player and other times when you might have to sit on the bench. 

3. Understand when to lead and when to follow

In life there is always going to be someone higher up the chain than you, it is no different in sport. It is a valuable lesson in life knowing when to lead or when to follow. If too many people try to lead on the sports court, it becomes a battle of egos and often very inefficient. As the great saying goes 'a champion team will beat a team of champions'. This lesson is valuable to not only sports, but is completely relevant in a business, choir, orchestra, stage performance and even in family life. 

4. Gain confidence and social skills

Sport is not something that favours the shy. Instead it is a platform for you to gain a voice and show your skills to other people. This takes confidence, and the more you do it, the more confident you will become. You will also face criticism from people on the sideline, but you learn to ignore this and concertrate on what you can control. The ability to handle criticism and turn it into a positive is a very valuable social skill. Too often people let criticism get on top of them and compound the problem to the point of quitting. You must gain confidence by becomming good at a particular sport or skill within that sport and overcome the doubters. This takes confidence!

5. Learn that it is not all about you!

We have all heard the saying that ¨there is no 'I' in team¨. When playing in a team, at times your teammates will be better than you and at other times you will be better than them. In order for this to work without destructing the team, each player needs to be confident in their own ability and doing the best they can do for the team as a whole; rather than trying to out do eachother. As we said earlier play like a champion team, and not a team of champions. 

6. Psychological skills

Learning to win, and more importantly learning how to lose. Creative thinking, problem solving and getting the chance to experience different emotions that come with playing sport; such as the happiness of winning, scoring a goal, playing a nice shot, taking a catch, the dissapointment of losing, or making a mistake. These are all valuable lessons in life that should be learned as early as possible. Going through school, children will feel similar highs and lows. Sport is a good safe place to learn how to effectively handle these different emotions. 

 

Sport may often look like a bunch of sweaty people running around and throwing a ball about, but there are many hidden values of getting involved. We believe sport can play a valuable role in peoples lives and teach important lessons that help in all aspects of daily life. From making friends, learning to communicate, working together and learning to win and lose.  

 

 

 

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