Research has shown that the vast majority of children and adults who participate in sport consider it to be an enjoyable and worthwhile part of their lives.
But what benefits can come from participating in sports and activities?
Physical – We can learn our sporting skills and increase our health and fitness
Social – Sport offers the opportunity for everyone to become part of a team and a network of friends and acquaintances.
Psychological – We develop skills of leadership, self-discipline, respect, noble competitiveness and self-confidence. Plus, sports can be just plain fun!
The primary goal and what really matters is having fun! So the key to gaining benefits from sport is to focus on participation and fun – not just performance.
Winning is fun when it happens however that doesn’t mean it should become an end in itself. What is important is the joy of the activity. To enjoy the moment, be optimistic and encourage ourselves and our friends to find something to get excited about.
And finally, most important of all, ask yourself, “Have you had fun?” If the answer is “yes” then you will immediately know that you have found the activity that suits you…