Fun Summer Sports for the Kids to Enjoy
Getting your kids involved in sport this summer has never been easier.
With a year packed full of exciting sporting events, which not only sees England travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup but Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth games, children all across the UK will be outside trying to recreate their favourite sporting moments.
Kitting them out with suitable gear isn't a problem - there's a selection of equipment available online from http://www.newitts.com - so your children will not only look the part but they will feel like they're ready to rub shoulders with the best of the best!
Could your child be the next Jessica Ennis-Hill or Mo Farah? Athletics is a brilliant activity for people of all ages to enjoy and it's so easy to get into. With such a wide array of disciplines to choose from, athletics can be enjoyed by kids of all ages and sizes. If you want to become more committed, there are almost 1,500 athletics clubs in England alone.
According to figures by the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSIC), only 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5-15 are getting the recommended one hour of physical exercise per day. Moderate-intensity exercises such as walking, swimming, cycling are all excellent methods of getting your child fit and keeping them active.
Football is an easy sport for everyone to get involved in and the benefits are plain for all to see. An hour's worth of football is a great way to not only build up fitness levels, but it's a brilliant way of getting kids involved in teamwork. Going down to the park on a sunny evening with your family or heading to the local football pitch is the ideal way to make friends and get out in the fresh air. With it being a World Cup year it's going to be pretty hard to avoid football, making it the perfect summer for your young ones to catch football fever!
If football is not for them, why not have them pick up a bat? Cricket, rounders, tennis, hockey are all great games to get people excited about sport. Rounders is an easy way to get as many people as you can involved in some outside activity with a fun competitive spirit. It's as simple as finding whatever you can as four bases - sweaters on the floor will do - and you're off. Divide into two teams, pick a bowler and keeper, you're set! It really is as easy as that. Make it interesting with teams of boys v girls or kids taking on adults.
There is something for everyone this summer and getting involved only requires a small amount of planning. Make a day of your sporting event and pack a picnic to encourage the kids to stay away from that dreaded sofa and television.
Daniel Bradley, a PE Teacher in North Lincolnshire, sees the benefits that sport can make for children aged 4-11. "At break times and after school clubs when I see the kids, they always want to do more sports and more activities," he says. "The benefits I see are sport communication and teamwork. It lets them release the energy that has been building up in class".
Following the success of Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton in the 2012 Olympics, cycling has been gathering traction ever since. Setting a route and a distance is simple and riding together as a family is a perfect way to have fun and keep fit at the same time.
The NHS estimates that an hour's worth of riding will burn 650 calories, and the best part? You'll be having so much fun you won't even realise you're burning them. It's a great way to get active outside while seeing the country and hopefully enjoying a nice British summer! Bike racks can be fitted to most family cars, it literally is super easy to get out and about to new places.
Even if you've got summer holidays plans this is still a perfect environment to keep up with the summer sports: beach cricket, water polo, even something as simple as bat and ball; it's all good fun and inclusive of all ages. If nothing else, take a frisbee to an open field space or beach, and spend an hour or so playing throw and catch - it's not strictly a sport, of course, but it's a good laugh and still gets everyone moving around.
The example must be set by you, the parent. Throw yourself into some of these activities, embrace and enjoy them, and you'll really get the kids into the spirit by inspiring their enthusiasm. Leave the games consoles and tablets behind this year and give your kids the opportunity to have fun while keeping fit!
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