The fundamental ethos which underpins the LittleStars Rugby coaching programme is that children are active having fun and learning new skills. This ethos we believe will equip children with 'skills for life' and encourage participation in sport and physical activity throughout a child's early years, into their teenage years and beyond.
Here are a number of reasons why physical activity, is good for your child, as well as some of the benefits gained from active participation:
1/ Increased Productivity
When a child (or adult for that matter) exercises, they increase the blood flow to the brain. This helps to increase alertness which boosts a child's mental activity.
2/ Increased Energy
Exercise can help to reduce fatigue and increase a child's energy levels!
Exercise increases a child's strength and endurance.
A child will often feel stronger, faster, fitter and more confident in their physical activities.
3/ Improved Well Being
A child that takes part in physical activity it helps to improve their health and body image which leads to increased confidence and self-esteem.
Exercise also leads to more positive social interactions (social well being).
Exercise increases a child's autonomy which helps them to feel more confident in making decisions.
4/ Reduces Obesity
Regular exercise helps to reduce obesity rates in children. Almost 1 in 10 children in reception age are obese. 31% of children in the UK between the ages of 2-15 years old are obese.
5/ Reduced Stress Levels
Exercise is a fantastic tool which can reduce cortisol (stress hormone) and help children deal better with stress.
6/ Improves Mood
1 in 10 children and young people age 5-16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder. studies show that regular exercise can help to reduce depression and anxiety in children and young people.
7/ Improved Brain Health
Exercise is a great way to improve a child's brain health. Regular exercise has been shown to improve concentration and memory.
Exercise helps improve a child's problem solving skills by 10%