It’s hard to believe, but summer is the least active season for many kids and teens. Without school-based programming like physical education classes, and without walking or cycling to school, as well as at-school sport participation and active play, many teens sit idle (often in front of computer and gaming screens) much of the summer.
With only 5% of Canadian kids active enough for health benefits (yes, that’s only 5%), we need to do all we can to get our kids moving. Do it for their health and happiness… they’ll thank you later!
Whether or not your kids play tennis, today I’m sharing five reasons a child/teen membership at your community tennis club is a smart investment this summer:
- Independence: Many communities offer free tennis courts for public use, or community tennis clubs that can be accessed for a nominal fee. If you’ve got courts within walking or cycling distance of your home, the odds are high your kids can get there on their own (without the embarrassment of mom or dad dropping them off or standing-by). Kids love independence, and activities close to home make this possible.
- Fitness and Health: Time in front of a TV, computer, or gaming screen will do little to enhance your child’s health and happiness this summer. Physical activity and active play are proven to do both. They’ll also boost your child’s confidence and self-esteem.
- Social Fun: Most children and teens thrive in a social environment. Encourage your kids to invite friends to join them for a game of tennis – better yet, encourage them to arrange daily or weekly tennis dates with friends to help them get the 60 minutes/day of heart-pumping activity they need. Tennis is also a great way for shy or quieter kids to meet others with a similar interest.
- Learn Something New: Whether your child has played for years or is new to the game, it doesn’t matter. A tennis membership will enable your child to practice and play as often as they like – and with regular participation comes progress and confidence. They’ll also be inspired by more experienced players, meet people to play with, and have access to camps, lessons, and community events.
- Volunteer Opportunities: Most high school students are required to complete a certain number of volunteer hours prior to graduation – and some just enjoy volunteering. Your community tennis club could be a perfect (and healthy!) spot for your son or daughter to complete their volunteer hours, gain valuable experience, and maybe even find a part-time summer job.
Here’s to an active, healthy and fun summer for our kids!