Encouraging our children to participate in extracurricular activities like tennis is becoming increasingly popular, and not just for the quiet time you get at home! Promoting team spirit, confidence, and creativity, children are able to boost their social skills and cognitive ability whilst having fun with their friends.
By encouraging your children to try out new hobbies and sports they are able to gain a diverse set of skills. These qualities are an important factor in personal growth and help to provide the building blocks of success later in life. Similarly, sports and fitness can help with coordination and provide a sense of team spirit whilst expanding your children’s friendship group and confidence. You never know – you may have a future tennis champion or an Olympian in your midst!
Along with time management, children will be able to practice long-term commitment and improved personal values. By joining in with the tennis group coaching they are setting aside time to learn new cognitive skills. Be it the ABC’s (agility, balance, and coordination) for the younger beginner players or refining stroke mechanics for tournament players.
Whilst having a great time building up valuable life skills, extracurricular activities provide long-term benefits that can really impact on your children’s future. It is widely know that many colleges and universities look into how children immerse themselves in different environments. Extracurricular activities can show them that your child excels in a particular field, which can lead to scholarships and other exciting opportunities. The activities your children are involved in now will shape them into happier, more confident individuals for the future.
Taking up a sport like tennis promotes positive long term benefits and advantages:
- Health – Long term gain in fitness. Health is wealth!
- Responsibility – Held to account for ones actions.
- Team Spirit – Doubles and team games promote feelings of camaraderie among the members of a group, enabling them to cooperate and work well together.
- Coordination – Increased cognitive ability through practice which can positively translate into other sports.
- Compassion – Encouraging sensitivity and understanding.
- Self-esteem – Greater skill set to excel create confidence and widening of friendship group.
- Time management – Learn to juggle extracurricular activities with academic studies and improves focus.
- Respect – Increased social skills when learning in a group environment and an appreciation of others.
- Success/Disappointment – Celebrate achievements and learn to deal with inevitable disappointments in a health way. In my experience your biggest disappointment can also give you your most valuable lesson!
- Enjoyment – FUN!