Here at Sport4kids we often get asked the question “Which sports programme would you recommend for my child?,” and the answer we will always give to parents with young children (18 months to 6 years) is “your child should start with a Multi-Sport programme’”. Encouraging your child to take part in a Multi-Sport programme can help your child’s development by:
1 – Building a solid foundation. By providing diverse opportunities for physical activity, children get the chance to learn many movement skills, which can be transferred to a variety of sports. This makes it more likely that they will remain active in their teens and adult life and also take part in different sports.
2 – Reaping the physical benefits. Through playing different sports, kids develop flexibility, core stability, strength, stamina, power, and speed, as well as improving their all-around physical conditioning.
3 – Preventing injury. When a child sticks with one sport from an early age, the possibility of injury increases as repetitive movements can strain their body and affect the development of muscles. Give your kids a variety in their sports experience and play, to help develop their whole body and lessen the chance of pains and strains.
4 – Avoid boredom. When children specialize in a specific sport at too early an age, they will often get bored of this activity by their early teen years. However, if you allow them to experience a variety of different sports and activities, they are much more likely to continue with that sport for life.
5 – Developing sport and life skills. Children will develop important skills like problem-solving, communication, teamwork and working independently, which are all highly valued attributes in sport and life. It also helps build competence, confidence, connection, creativity and builds character.
6 – Finding movements and activities they enjoy most. This will help to promote their intrinsic motivation to continue with the sport/s they choose to specialize in and develop a lifelong love of the sport.
So why choose our Multi-Sport Programme?
Our Multi-Sport Programme covers 5 core sports: Soccer, Basketball, Rugby, Athletics, and Baseball. Your child will learn the fundamental skills of each sport combined with coordination and balance during all classes. At Sport4kids we know it is important to develop these fundamental skills at a young age and it will have a positive impact on your child’s physical and athletic development.
Worried your child will miss out if they don’t specialize in one sport at an early age?
The legendary Swimmer; Michael Phelps, who won the most Olympic Medals of all time, is also known to be an excellent golfer. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky played baseball, lacrosse, and tennis as a child. Jordan Speith grew up playing Soccer, Basketball, Football, and Baseball, he is now one of the top golfers in the world. All of these world-class athletes didn’t specialize in one particular sport early on and went on to have great sporting careers.
Will is one of the founders of Sport4Kids (now ProActiv Sports) in Hong Kong and was the driving force behind bringing it to Singapore in 2014. Will obtained a degree in Sports Science and Health, from Dublin City University and has vast experience coaching children and adults of all level and abilities. Will is experienced at coaching in a wide variety of sports with a particular interest in Soccer, Basketball and Gaelic Football. He is also a very keen sportsman having represented Ireland in underage basketball and Gaelic Football.