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Playing sport develops physical and social skills
THE benefits of regularly playing sport at a young age go well beyond the physical.
The chance to make new friends, learn discipline and develop social skills are just some of the many perks that come with it.
Finding a sport they love also makes it much easier and enjoyable for a child to meet Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines of at least an hour of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity a day.
More than half (60 per cent) of Australian children aged five to 14 years participated in at least one organised sport outside of school in 2012, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Swimming and diving was the most popular sport, with an 18 per cent participation rate, followed by outdoor soccer – the number one sport for boys.
Swimming NSW chief executive Mark Heathcote said there were many reasons both boys and girls chose to join a swimming club after they had learnt how to swim.
“It’s very good for the body, it’s low impact and because there’s a fair bit of training, it creates disciplined individuals that are goal-oriented,” he said.
Choosing a club comes down to a range of factors.
“Some are more competitive than others and some are purely social. It’s just about finding the balance that works for you,” Mr Heathcote said. For more information: nsw.swimming.org.au