Sport is a wonderful thing for children of all ages to take part in, but it’s something that can often be overlooked when it comes to the girls. While the majority of lads will be happy to get stuck into whatever sports are on offer, both in school and extracurricular, many girls can be found avoiding it. However, this shouldn’t be the case! Girl’s participation shouldn’t be limited to their PE and gym classes – not when there are loads of sessions available that will appeal to all interests.
First thing’s first though; if you’re trying to encourage your little one to get involved in a sport or two, she’s going to have to dress the part. While some sports have specific kits which you will have to invest in, others will require simple gear that doesn’t have to break the bank. You will find that school PE classes will require indoor kits and, as the weather improves, outdoor clothes too. Shorts, t shirts and plimsolls are often enough for the indoor games, while the addition of long sleeve tops, trainers and jogging bottoms will be likely for outdoor sports. You can find some great value girl’s hoodies from George at ASDA to help keep the chill at bay, as well as reasonably priced joggers and trainers, if you want to stay away from the popular brands that can burn a hole in your purse far too quickly!
As for the sports, there are so many to choose from! Sit down with her and ask her what sort of sport she’d like to take part in. If they’re at all sports minded, they will often be the first person to approach the subject, but if you’d like her to get involved with something that she hasn’t mentioned, here are a few great ideas for you to suggest:
Football – It’s not just for the boys, you know! More and more girls are getting involved in this game that can be found at the heart of many a Brit. After school clubs are often available which give girls the chance to get involved alongside their boy peers.
Gymnastics – Not all schools offer gymnastics as an activity, but there are usually plenty of classes running in the local areas. They can be extremely popular though, and may require you to pop her name on the waiting list.
Swimming – A great way to stay fit and healthy, and great fun too. She can earn badges as she goes and will love the opportunity of learning this skill that can stay with her for life. Older children could even progress to rookie lifeguard training.
Netball – If she fancies learning a ball sport, but would prefer to stay away from football, netball is a great team game that will often be taught in secondary school PE lessons.
Karate – This, and other martial arts, continue to grow in popularity and are a great way to teach children control, respect, self-defence and discipline. Girls are just as welcome as the boys.
Make sure that you are aware of the courses and after-school clubs that may run at her school or in your area, and give her plenty of options to choose from. If she fancies signing up for something, let her give it a go. If she doesn’t like it, as long as she sticks at it for the term, there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain!
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