Image: SourceEvery parent should know about the amazing benefits for children that enjoy playing sport as part of a team. It exposes them to all kinds of positive values, from teamwork through to camaraderie. And, of course, it opens their eyes to a health competitiveness and gets them very fit and in the habit of being active. However, it’s also important to be aware that all those gains will depend a lot on the sports club your little ones join. Here are a few guidelines on how to choose a sports club that will have a positive impact on your kid’s progress.
All sports clubs have a duty of care to your children, so it’s important that you understand their policies. There should be someone with first aid knowledge working with your kids at all times, and it’s also important for any adults to have the appropriate DBS checks in place, just like they do at nursery and schools. Finally, you should always encourage your child to join a club that is happy to have parents come and lend a helping hand. Most sports clubs are community-based, so this happens most times - but it should be a red flag if parent is not allowed to watch.
The right sport
You should also make sure that your child actually wants to play the game in question! Many parents drive their kids to play a sport of their choice, rather than something their child has chosen. Ultimately, the chances are that your child will end up hating the game - so get them involved in the selection process.
A club that rewards everyone
Some sports clubs can be a little competitive, which is fine for those that want it. But if your child is not that competitive, or just would like to play the game for fun, make sure you are careful choosing the right team. Look for inclusivity and fair selection procedures to ensure coaches are giving kids a fair chance. You can also club together with other parents and buy ‘fans’ awards at the end of the season. As you can see from Trophies Plus Medals when you view their products, there is plenty to choose from. And going down this route will help you ensure that every child gets something, regardless of their performance on the pitch.
Affiliation and Accreditation
The sports club you choose should have an affiliation with the relevant sporting authorities in your county. This will guarantee they have the right level of insurance should anyone be injured in an incident that is not an accident. Coaches should be accredited, too, and there should be trained first aiders on hand at all times when there is a match or training session.
Most amateur sports teams are nonprofits run by volunteers. So fees should be low - but there will be some extra costs involved, such as match fees or paying for a referee. However, over the course of a season, this amount should not add up to much - so avoid any stupidly expensive clubs unless you are convinced they are worth it.