OFTEN, as parents, we naturally allow our children to follow in our sporting
footsteps. For some people, that means having your child play the sport you
played (or still play). For others, that means no sport at all.
At Play Valley Kids, our vision, or mantra even, is that kids love to
play, so let them!
As we mention in the back of all our books, as parents, we have a great
opportunity to encourage an active lifestyle for our kids. But not just active
– healthy. We make choices for them all the time, from the food they eat, to
the drinks they drink. But if we choose for them to play sport and promote an
active and healthy lifestyle, they are on a winner for life.
Even simply buying a bicycle isn’t enough. We have to encourage them.
But we have to set the example too and we find it heartening when we see
families out for a cycle together.
For children, the skills learned in early sporting development can
influence their entire lives. From confidence and fair play, to team work and
team spirit – these essential human traits are all part of sporting endeavour.
Organised sports are a wonderful way to encourage them. But it can also
discourage plenty of kids with a win-at-all costs mentality in junior sporting
At Play Valley Kids, we want kids to learn good technique, as well as
enjoy the games they play. A kick about in the park with Dad or Mum is often
the most fun for a child. But as they
grow, the games they play become more serious and structured, as does their
All of our books promote fun, fair play, and good technique without the
tenant of super-competition. There’ll be plenty of that later in life.
Learning good technique as youngsters is very important for good
Get them involved as early as possible and encourage, listen and play
with them just for the fun of it.