Benefits of team sports

Why are team sports good for children?

1. Teaches commitment: "When a child signs up for a team, they are making a commitment to stick with it for the full season," says Adelaide psychologist and former PE teacher Tim Dansie. Parents should encourage their kids to honour their commitment.

2. Creates good losers: "It's so important that kids learn at a young age that things don't always work out how they want them to," Dansie says.

3. Promotes teamwork: Learning to work within a team dynamic and cooperate with others for the greater good is another important life skill and team sports instil that.

4. Builds friendships: Children can make friends outside their school circle and, from a parental perspective, sports teams are a great way to get involved in the community.