By: Kim Mishler, Newton Park
From the physical aspects to the mental components of the game, playing soccer gives kids advantages that last a lifetime.
Here are some of the benefits of playing youth soccer:
Higher Test Scores
Kids with a physically active childhood have higher test scores and are 40% more likely to perform better at school. Sports boost the brain’s functionality by stimulating endorphins. Habitually active students are more likely to perform better than less active peers. The physical activity involved with soccer improves children’s cognitive abilities and their concentration thus improving academic performance.
Reduced Screen Time
Excessive screen time can be damaging to a child’s physical and mental development. Playing sports and being busy means more time away from electronics. Playing soccer helps children flourish by promoting a healthy mental state by being outdoors.
School and the everyday obstacles of being a kid can be hard - kids have stress and can be emotionally burdened by life situations the same way as adults. Sports are a positive way for children to express and release their emotions. Playing soccer gives children the opportunity to be around their friends, in a positive environment, while running off frustrations and worries.
Children learn to balance life between playing soccer, school, and family. Managing time wisely teaches children to accomplish more in a short period of time which lowers stress, increases focus, and creates opportunities. Successful time management translates into a responsible adult and a more successful career path.
Physical activity boosts the immune system to ward off illnesses. Fitness from an early age plays an important role in the growth and physical health of a child while reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Soccer involves body movements that strengthen core muscles and bones. Running and jumping stimulates the immune and lymphatic system in the body – cleansing the body and protecting the body of illness-causing bacteria and viruses while promoting optimal cardiovascular function.
Team sports help kids learn tolerance for others with different personalities and backgrounds thus developing a sense of empathy and togetherness to achieve a common goal. “Working as a team” builds a child’s cooperation skills and the ability to get along with others. On the soccer field, a child must learn to work together in order to succeed.
Children commonly socialize with a few select people; mostly their family. Engaging in team sports, like soccer, helps kids open up and become friends with other people. Improving social and communication skills sets them up for a more successful life.
Being part of a soccer team and playing in front of a crowd nurtures a child’s self-confidence and ultimately boosts their self-esteem. Kids have the opportunity to make mistakes in a safe environment with the opportunity to learn and do better. The support and applause from performing well on a team will encourages them to do more and become a contributing member of society in the future.
Newton Park partners with LaVille Youth Sports to host spring and fall youth soccer leagues. Our facility is proud to provides kids from all over the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons through sports.