Why sport is vital for children

We waved goodbye to our local roller hockey team the Midland Mooseheads today as they flew out to Barcelona for the Sparta Cup 2018.

The team is made up of 15 to 17-year-olds, most of who have been involved in sports teams since childhood. Their involvement in sport has led them to achieve great things at young ages.

Part of the team has accomplished phenomenal feats. Some Moosehead players have recently travelled to China for last year’s FIRS World Roller Games, Nanjing. Three players have been accepted into the GB senior squad three years early and with all but their youngest player, the team are playing and competing well in BIPHA and GBHI senior leagues. This generation of British players are ahead of the learning curve. With 16-year-olds not just playing in senior leagues but out-performing players much older than them, many of whom have competed internationally.

Manager Mike Winters, and Coaches Neil Jepson and Geoff Baker instil in the Moosehead U16s that attitude and teamwork are the drivers for success whilst also teaching them leadership and life skills.

Geoff said: “They are great players but what separates them from other players and other teams is their attitude both on and off the rink and that is what makes them so special.”

Playing sport and being part of a team, as the Mooseheads have proven, teaches young people skills that can be applied to their lives socially and professionally.

Here are three reasons why you should be getting your child involved in a sport.


Every aspect of life requires some form or dedication and commitment. Any subject requires a level of it if there is to be success. If you want to grow a beautiful garden with an abundance of flowers and plant life for example, you must be dedicated to the outcome and commit to maintaining it. It’s the same principle with being part of a sports team, excelling in school, getting into university, running your own business, taking care of a family, and so on. It teaches you that to flourish in anything; you have to put the work in. That might mean getting up early, training four times a week, travelling around the country, or something else that requires effort, time and energy. In sport, your children commit to paying attention to coaches, supporting team mates, improving skills, and expressing appreciation to those who made their experience possible. Strength of character

Children in sports are given opportunities to overcome challenges. This is an important learning curve for young people. The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and overcome barriers and stumbling blocks is a key skill that will help them in their future. Being in a team exposes them to adversity whether this is in the form of increasing their people skills by being surrounded by many different types of people, or facing extreme weathers, they will develop the ability to endure hardship. They will also experience frustration, doubt, exhaustion and injury; all pushing them out of their comfort zones and in turn, developing their confidence, sharpening their focus, and boosting their motivation in the certainty that they will face such challenges in adulthood.

A hobby

Having a sporting hobby allows your child to spend time with people they have something in common with and make meaningful relationships. It also gives them the chance to be able to talk to people from all walks of life as they have an interesting topic to discuss, which also looks great on a CV for prospective employers. It will be keeping them off the streets and avoiding any bad crowds, not to mention keeping them off their phone and social media for solid periods of time. Instead, they’ll be gaining fantastic physical, psychological, and social benefits.