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As parents we sometimes forget how tough it can be to be a kid. Today kids must deal with a lot in our fast-paced world. To add to this technology has had an enormous impact on our kids’ well-being and that can include some negative ways.  Unfortunately, bullying is no longer limited to the four walls of the school, lots of kids spend too much time in front of the screen.  Often kids are isolated and stressed out, which could lead to problems later in their lives.

Kids participating in sports can benefit in several different emotionally, physical, and socially.  Children’s psychological development is influenced by a variety of factors, home life, physical activities, and social interaction.  Regular exercises help children develop better attention, creativity, mood, and information processing.  Sports improves behaviour, self-esteem, and academic performance.

Unfortunately, kids are bombarded with unhealthy messages that can harm their body image, confidence, and self-esteem.  Children might be bullied or develop anxiety and depression.  Enrolling your kids at First Touch FC lets your kids be in a supportive environment, helping to improve mental health and help kids develop a healthy body image. For kids that struggle with self-esteem, team sports can help them feel like an important part of something bigger than themselves.

The challenging aspect of growing up is to learn to interact with others, getting comfortable in a new social situation and making friends, team sports help kids build friendships and connections.  They develop skills in collaboration and social skills while they are learning the value of team efforts.  Often kids form friendships and connections that lasts for decades.

Teachers and parents are typically the most important adults in children’s life, but a coach can become a mentor fulfilling an important role as well.  For kids, a coach is someone new to engage with, and someone to ask for help when needed.  First Touch coaches help kids push past challenges, accomplish things they never thought they could and develop new skills. There is such an enormous value for a kid in having a trusted mentor and a youth sports coach often naturally takes on this role.

At a young age, kids are still busy figuring out who they are and by participating in sports it helps kids work through the ups and downs and builds their character.  Kids even start to develop leadership skills when playing team sports. 

Sports creates discipline and dedication; it helps develop positive work habits and teaches them to work toward goals.

It is always important to ensure a kid’s safety on a sports team, but there are very few downsides to youth sports and a huge number of benefits.  Sports get kids on the right track for a happy, healthy life by building skills therefore it is important that we realize that youth sports are crucial for emotional and mental health and well as physical health.

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