Did you know that it is recommended that children aged between 1 to 5 are physically active for at least 3 hours spread throughout the day?
We all know that regular exercise is important for everyone but this is especially true for young kids.
With obesity on the rise in children in Australia it is essential for parents and carers to facilitate opportunities for children to engage in physical activity and play as much as possible.
By helping our children get active, especially through sport, we can hopefully pave the way for a healthy and active lifestyle into adulthood. So, if it’s our responsibility to encourage physical literacy in children what exactly is physical literacy and what are the benefits?
Watch our video to learn more about Physical Literacy and the benefits of Soccer Time Kids
What is Physical Literacy?
Sport Australia says that ‘physical literacy is about building the skills, knowledge and behaviours that give us the confidence and motivation to lead active lives’.
The fundamental concept of physical literacy is around the motivation and commitment to be active. This is important at any stage of life but something we need to teach or encourage with children.
If we practice physical literacy with children it can promote healthy brain development; encourage social skills to be active with others and teach them how to move their bodies. Other benefits of physical activity through sport includes:
- Promote healthy growth & development
- Develop gross & fine motor skills
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Improve concentration
- Build strong muscles & bones
- Improve balance, coordination & strength
With screen time becoming a major concern for many parents in today’s society, it is more important than ever to encourage physical play with young children. So, if you are looking for ideas on how to get your children active, consider enrolling them in our weekly Soccer Time Kids program.
Our indoor, beginner level programs are suitable for girls and boys from as early as one years old to five years old and we have a number of locations throughout Victoria.
We are passionate about keeping kids active and our programs aim to create a lifelong love of sport and physical literacy.
Soccer Time Kids Term 1 Enrolments are open now and have a number of locations, days and times throughout Victoria.