Admittedly, we’re a little bit biased when it comes to sporting activities. Nonetheless, we have absolutely no doubt that getting your kids into cricket is a rewarding choice for both you and them – here’s why:
It builds focus, patience and camaraderie
As with any team sport, cricket teaches youngsters how to engage with their peers, discussing tactics and techniques as they play. However, cricket also involves a good deal of strategy, concentration and patience as the play unfolds – useful skills for any child to learn as they grow up.
It helps to increase coordination
Cricket involves a good deal of hand-to-eye coordination, regardless of whether the ball or bat is in your hand or you’re hoping to get your hands on it out on the field. Again, concentration is key, as all players need an awareness of where everybody else on the pitch is at all times.
It’s an outdoor activity for all
Unlike many other sports, cricket is a team sport that suits mixed age ranges and abilities. Many local cricket teams often have juniors playing alongside adults, meaning that youngsters get to flex another range of their social skills (whether it’s begrudgingly following orders or actually ordering the adults around on the pitch!).
It helps to increase physical fitness
While it might not have the same 90-minute intensity as something like football, playing cricket does help to increase stamina amongst players. Players can go from standing to running like crazy after the ball in a matter of seconds – and, as the matches can last a long time, stamina is a fundamental facet of every player.
Ultimately, playing cricket is a boost to mental and physical health for kids and adults alike. Get your kids involved with your nearest local club this summer, and see for yourself the many benefits we’ve discussed.