An interesting article by Helen Hinton
Rugby Helps Kids Improve their Confidence, On and Off the Field
Rugby is a great sport for kids for many reasons: it helps improve their physical fitness, as well as other physical skills—but that's not all. It can also be an incredible confidence booster, and a good way for children to learn important lessons that they'll remember for life.
Physical Fitness and Physical Skills
Playing rugby helps children improve their physical fitness, and this is an increasingly important issue for kids and parents, all over the world. Children in general aren't as active as previous generations of children were, and playing rugby is a great way to counteract this problem. Just as important, the younger they start to get involved in playing sports, the more likely they are to maintain a healthy level of physical activity as they get older.
The physical benefits of playing rugby go beyond fitness, however. Games like rugby are ideal for helping kids stay active, especially as they get older, but it's also a great way for them to improve essential physical skills such as hand-eye coordination, flexibility, strength, and endurance. Rugby is a physically taxing sport, and the combination of skills and techniques that the game requires are important for healthy kids to develop.
What Else do Children Gain from Playing Rugby?
It's virtually impossible to overestimate the benefits of playing rugby for children, and while the physical benefits are significant, sometimes the psychological and mental benefits are even more so. Children can learn valuable communication and interpersonal skills and life lessons, and can learn about themselves as well.
Rugby has clearly-defined rules of play. That means kids learn about the importance of playing by rules, and about morals, ethics, and fair play.
Rugby helps children challenge themselves. When kids learn the value of setting goals and challenging themselves, it helps set them up for a lifetime of achieving.
Rugby helps kids learn social skills. Kids who play team sports like rugby learn a whole host of important social skills—sportsmanship and fair play, cooperation and team spirit—that are essential for developing healthy relationships and succeeding at school and at work.
Rugby has strategic elements that help kids learn problem-solving. Not only that, but playing rugby and other tactical sports helps to improve concentration and analytical skills.
The benefits of rugby for kids don't stop there. Children who play rugby can also benefit from better self-esteem and confidence. As well as this, kids who are physically active are less likely to be at risk of mental health problems such as anxiety. When they stay physically active as adults, they're less likely to be affected by depression and other mood disorders, too.
Rugby fosters self-esteem and confidence. Learning new skills is great for all kids, but it can be really beneficial for those who don't excel at academics, because it gives them a new opportunity to find something they're passionate about.
Physically active kids tend to have better body image. When children understand their bodies as things that help them move, play and have fun, they focus less on physical appearance. This helps improve body image and self-esteem.
Playing rugby helps children learn about competition. Competing is healthy, but many children don't learn about how much fun a healthy sense of competition can be. Playing rugby is a great way to teach kids that competition is a good thing when it's approached with a sense of team spirit and a focus on fair play.
Rugby can help children learn about their own personalities. Every child is different, and this is true on the playing field as well as everywhere else in life. Discovering their own style of playing rugby helps kids learn about who they are in general.
Children who learn team sports such as rugby benefit in so many different ways, and surprisingly, it's often the psychological and mental skills they learn that are more beneficial in the long term. It's a great way to teach kids skills that they'll use their entire lives, and they have fun and stay active and healthy while they're doing it.
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