Developing Good Communication Skills Through Sports
Communication is an essential part of life, and being able to do it effectively is a key skill that makes life much easier.
It is important that children’s communication skills are nurtured from an early stage. This development is greatly influenced by their interactions, starting with parents, siblings, and friends and then with other adults, such as their school teachers or coaches.
Sports being an interactive activity creates an environment that serves as a training ground for kids, not just for honing their physical skills but also for effective communication. Here is how sports play a part in children’s development and its benefits towards communication abilities.
- Working Together
Kids’ communication skills are put into practice when playing sports. Working together in sports means expressing yourself in non-verbal cues for team plays and sharing winning ideas with your teammates in a convincing manner and at the same time being a good listener. It is all about two-way communication! Just like sports, being exposed to constant responsiveness, makes children develop excellent communication skills.
- Self – Esteem
Self-esteem is an essential characteristic, especially for growing children, to be able to lead a normal life. With sports, kids are exposed to situations that give them a reason to trust in themselves. As simple as a gesture of recognition from a teammate or words of encouragement from coaches, a child builds confidence. This pushes him to believe in his own abilities and be able to strike up meaningful conversations with people of all ages.
- Social Skills
Social skills are key to surviving in our society. Playing sports promotes teamwork and cooperation with others. It also provides an opportunity for children to make new friends and interact with people outside their usual circle. By establishing friendship and becoming acquaintances with other people, they get a sense of belongingness. Being socially sound at an early age, helps them make good impressions in their future careers and establish harmonious relationships
Like any sport, conversing fluently and comprehensively can be perfected with practice, but giving kids the opportunity to play sports at early-stage helps them develop good communication skills that will equip them with the ability to build a successful future.
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.