Sport helps with school per­for­mance

South Waikato News - - SPORT / TE PAPA HA¯KINAKINA - By LISA MANSELL

South Waikato dis­trict co-or­di­na­tor Sports and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity play a sig­nif­i­cant part in the school ex­pe­ri­ence for many chil­dren.

While there are benefits to in­volv­ing a child in or­gan­ised sports pro­grammes, there could also be neg­a­tive draw­backs.

Kids play­ing sports may have re­duced anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. Chil­dren can also re­ceive self­es­teem boosts, which may im­prove con­fi­dence and school per­for­mance.

The so­cial­i­sa­tion that oc­curs with or­gan­ised sports can help a young­ster learn ef­fec­tive skills for in­ter­act­ing with both peers and adults. The peer cul­ture that sur­rounds or­gan­ised sports of­ten plays an im­por­tant role in the school en­vi­ron­ment.

When a child feels in­te­grated into this en­vi­ron­ment, his or her school per­for­mance may be­come stronger.

Sports can pro­vide a va­ri­ety of char­ac­ter- build­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Academy of Child & Ado­les­cent Psy­chi­a­try.

Kids can learn valu­able lessons about how to co­op­er­ate with oth­ers and play fairly.

A child can also de­velop strong self- dis­ci­pline as he strives to learn and excel at a sport. Sports par­tic­i­pa­tion may en­hance crit­i­cal- think­ing and prob­lem­solv­ing skills, too.

With par­tic­i­pa­tion in sports, your child could be­come stronger, build healthy mus­cles and bones and con­trol weight.

Kids who feel over­whelmed with aca­demic is­sues might ben­e­fit from the phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

To help kick start your or­gan­ised sport­ing ac­tiv­ity, South Waikato Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion has put to­gether a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for all ages to be in­volved in cricket. So get your child to­gether with class mates, form a team and reg­is­ter for the 2015 Cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

Have a go! - Have a go is based around a skills coach­ing work­shop and tar­gets Years 1 to 5. This starts on Fe­bru­ary 15 and runs ev­ery Tues­day evening from 5 to 6pm. The cost is $10, and each reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pant re­ceived a bat, ball and hat.

Fri­day Nights! – A school based com­pe­ti­tion which starts on Fe­bru­ary 13 at 5pm, cost is $10. For more in­for­ma­tion on Cricket or to reg­is­ter phone Grant on 027 615 3508, email con­tact@swca.co.nz or check out their web­site www.swca.co.nz.

Reg­is­tra­tions for Learn to Swim and Swim Academy classes at the In­door Pools in Toko­roa are now be­ing taken. Learn to Swim starts on Fe­bru­ary 17 and Swim Academy Fe­bru­ary 16.

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For de­tails on all classes phone Tammy from 1pm on 8850739.

WEEK­END WAR­RIOR: Toko­roa’s Joshua Kuys­ten edged out Gor­don McCauley in a sprint fin­ish to the Taranaki Cy­cle Chal­lenge at Pukekura Race­way.

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