I’m a sports coach at a primary school which happens to have a sports hall to hire for community use. Recently I’ve been asked about hiring the hall for football classes for ages 18 months – 4. Now, as you can imagine as someone involved in the industry, sport is a big passion of mine. And I want to encourage children of all ages to participate in sport.
However, as a father of 2 (a girl aged 2 & a boy aged 8 months) I was wondering at what age it was appropriate to involve our children in organised and structured sport. I know in these classes there will be very little teaching of the sport and classes will be more based around movement skills and having fun but do they need structured classes for that? What happened to kicking a football round in the park?
I was wondering if any parents have experience of taking their children to any of these sports group or classes and what the general thought was? Have they helped as they got older? Did they learn new skills or develop existing skills? Were they of any particular benefit to your little one’s social skills?
I am skeptical that the benefits to children’s development are anything other than increasing their confidence and ability to socialise with their peers. Although these skills are critical surely they could achieve the same results from being taken to the park?
Are we being taken for a ride by buying into the hype or could I provide parents with an invaluable service?
Let me know your thoughts!