Play is an essential part of every child's life and vital to the processes of human development. It provides the mechanism for children to explore the world around them and the medium to which skills are developed in practice. It is essential for physical, emotional and spiritual growth, intellectual and educational development, and acquiring social and behavioural skills. Play is a generic term for a variety of activities that are satisfying to the child, creative for the child and freely chosen by the child.
With a little encouragement, children will leave the TV, the X-Box, and Wii behind for busy playgrounds and ball fields. Instead of chips and cookies, they'll reach for basketballs, footballs, rollerblades, and bicycles.
What better way to keep your children out of the house and away from television and computer games than enrolling them in sports?
These activities can promote co-operative play, teamwork, and good sportsmanship while helping to refine gross motor skills. Sports can also help children get along with and become accepted by others, including peers, family members, teachers, and coaches. Plus, through positive feedback, group play builds self-esteem, helping your child realise that he/she's a capable person who is able to accomplish significant achievements.