Enrolling your child in a new sporting activity can feel like a daunting mission. With the never-ending list of activities available today, how do you select the right one?
The physical benefits of gymnastics are known far and wide, but how can gymnastics support your child in other aspects of life? Gymnastics helps children to develop meaningful social skills that’ll assist them throughout their entire life, read on to find out how!
Teaches Essential Social Skills
Gymnastic lessons offer a safe and inclusive environment for children to develop an expanse of valuable social skills! From their very first lesson, children are exposed to situations that instil essential social skills that they’ll use throughout everyday life - taking turns, following directions and teamwork. As they advance in the sport, they build valuable skills like respectfully giving and receiving feedback, patience and celebrating the victories of others. These skills are developed in a supportive and inclusive environment, where every child feels valued and respected.
Builds Confidence & Self-Esteem
Many Studies show that physical sport can improve a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Physical activity releases endorphins which result in increased positivity, better moods and higher confidence. Naturally, certain aspects of gymnastics will be daunting for children. They’ll be required to take on new challenges like attempting a new skill, trick or competing for the first time. As they overcome these challenges, they prove to themselves what they are truly capable of. They learn to set attainable goals, overcome their fears and believe in themselves, all in a safe and supportive environment. This confidence and self-belief will follow them throughout their entire life, carrying through to personal and professional relationships in the future.
Develops Life-Long Friendships
We all want our children to feel that they are accepted and valued. Being a part of a gymnastics club is often compared to having a ‘second family’, providing kids with a great sense of belonging. Throughout their lessons, children meet similarly aged, like-minded peers with shared interests. Through gymnastics, children build strong friendships with their fellow gymnasts, bonding over teamwork towards new and exciting goals. Friendships made through extra-curricular activities like gymnastics are known for being especially supportive, as athletes cheer one another on for personal achievements.
Most Importantly – It’s Fun!
At the end of the day, the most important part about gymnastics is that your child is happy and having fun! Whether it’s soaring through the air, trampolining, tumbling or aerobics, gymnastics is an exhilarating way for your child to develop socially. At Gymnastics WA, we support gymnastics clubs in promoting positive movement for all ages and abilities. To find out more about the types of gymnastics available for your child Click Here For Join Now
Signing your child up for gymnastics is one of the greatest gifts of love that you could give them! Our hearts FLIP for gymnastics!