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How to get a Child Interested in Sports

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The best way to get children interested in sports is to get them interested at a young age. Try to encourage children to play games such as throwing, catching, rolling, etc when they are young to get them started. This builds up a sense of wanting to exercise, and the child is then likely to continue trying new sports as they get older. Also, children should be given the chance to try different sports as opposed to the usual sports such as football, basketball, and baseball. There are a variety of other sports out there that a child could become interested in, and the more options a child is given, the higher the likelihood is that they will find a sport that they enjoy and thus continue this sport in the future.

Furthermore, there are a variety of clubs and camps available for children to join. This gives children a chance to experience sport with others, whilst also building friendships and a competitive edge. Friendships and competitiveness are key things in sports and by sending your child to a club or camp this builds on these elements, therefore giving your child a chance to get a better experience of sports. Not only will this increase your child's awareness of sports, it will also put them on a good platform further their future sporting life, if they choose to continue in a specific sport.

Also, there is a common link between television and computer games affecting a child's likelihood to take part in sports. For this reason it has been argued that television and computer games should be limited, thus giving the child a chance to get out of the house and experience sports and activities. However, on the contrary to this, it can be seen that by watching sports on the television a child can be inspired to try those sports, though there is still some debate on this subject.

Finally, try to get involved in sports yourself. By setting an example to your child that sports are a good thing to get involved in, you will furthermore inspire them to get involved themselves. It may even be an idea to compete in sports with your child; for example playing football with them means you can show the child a good experience making it fun and enjoyable. Seeing their parents interacting with sports adds that extra feeling of wanting to take part.

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