Sport helps with school performance
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.