MULTI-SPORT ACTIVITY BENEFITS STUDENTS: SPREAD THE WORD
Research suggests there are many benefits to this approach. Firstly, playing a variety of sports in childhood leads to better skill development, athletic ability and creativity. Early participation in multiple sports gives students a greater variety of movement skills to practise and master resulting in a more athletic student when they do decide to specialise in their chosen sport (88% of professional UK athletes come from a multi-sport background - Medical Society for Sports Medicine).
Secondly, students are less likely to develop overuse injuries and muscle imbalances often facilitated by repetitive movements over and over, day after day, month after month (Students who specialised were 70-93% more likely to be injured than students who played multiple sports - Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Journal).
Finally, playing multiple sports decreases the risk of burnout which in turn decreases the risk of quitting the sport early. Sport is about developing confidence and character alongside building relationships with others. It is about developing good work habits and most importantly of all, sport is about having fun competing with and against your friends (Around 70% of students stop playing organised sports by the age of 13 because, “it’s just not fun anymore” - International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology).
As our Foxes programme gets back up and running, we want our awesome parents to take note of the above and remember; a ten-year old champion rarely becomes a twenty-five-year-old champion. We look forward to further building our programme and provision and working with parents to provide the best opportunities to our students.