Benefits to Parents, Families and Guardians
Reduction in juvenile delinquency
Studies show that crime peaks in the hours immediately after school, often due to a lack of supervision. The After-School Sports Program not only offers supervision for children during this time, it also gives them an outlet, increases their fitness and teaches them valuable life skills.
Reduction in risk-taking attitude
If children are not involved with engaging activities, they can usually fall in with negative company. Research states that peer pressure is the leading cause for alcoholism and abuse.
Increase in self-esteem
Participating in after school activities helps to develop a child’s talents further. The more skilled they become, the more recognition they receive, which in turn boosts their self-esteem and self-confidence. Some of these programs coach for competitions too and this sense of achievement acts as powerful motivator for excellence.
Allows life balance and time away television and computer games
The After-School Sports Program gives young people life balance by providing an alternate activity and interest to television and computer games, that also has the benefit of physical activity. The younger children are when they establish healthy habits, the easier it is for them to maintain this for the rest of their lives and benefit from a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.
Increases physical activity and fitness
The sad reality is that nearly 30% of children under the age of 19 are overweight. This highlights a need for children to take up some form of physical activity at least 2-3 days a week. Sport not only keeps children active and healthy but builds social and life skills such as teamwork and coordination.
Increases social awareness and communication skills
Participating in sport also increases their social skills by learning how to communicate and cooperate with others, how to adjust well into a group and how to think on your feet. Children also learn how to become responsible citizens by following and respecting rules.
Complimentary to academic performance
Students who play sports work harder in the classroom. A study of 2,308 student athletes in grades 7-12 found that 56 per cent received A’s and 45 per cent received B’s and C’s. Though besides improving academic performance and school attendance, the programs also reinforce school learning with a practical application and promote life skills like respect for elders and peers, commitment, cooperation and team work, all of which are beneficial in the classroom as well.
Provides another positive role model
The supervisor or mentor is usually the guide and friend of the child. This is a great way to teach children how to develop a positive relationship with elders and a great opportunity to have yet another person supporting and encouraging them to reach their full potential.
To enquire about the QIS After School Sports Program call us today on 1300 377 678.
If you would like to organise your school’s participation in the program, please complete the After-School Sports Program Application Form provided for Primary Schools or High Schools and email to firstname.lastname@example.org