How can exercise help your child become a better team player?

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Whether you’re working with classmates on a school project, playing a team sport or collaborating with colleagues, the ability to work alongside others to achieve a common goal is a crucial skill.

With this in mind, it’s essential kids begin honing their teamwork skills from an early age so that they can develop a strong social foundation that will set them up for success further down the track.

Here are three ways exercise can help your child build strong team skills:

1. Stronger communication skills

Becoming a good team player involves strong communication skills. Not only do children need to be able to convey their thoughts clearly, but they also need to be able to listen to others and take ideas on board.

Exercising in a team or group-based environment requires a lot of communication between participants and coaches to ensure that everyone understands the activity and is working towards the same objective. It gives children the opportunity to hone their communication skills in a practical setting and help them develop into confident young speakers, listeners and leaders.

2. Build stronger relationships

Teamwork is about more than meeting a common objective. It’s about connecting with your peers and working to each other’s strengths in a way that allows you to handle any challenges that may come your way.

The social element of team sports helps kids learn how to respect others and build relationships with people of different backgrounds. Exercise can nurture a strong sense of community and camaraderie, which children can bring in to other aspects of their lives.

3. Teamwork

In many ways, the sports field is the greatest teacher when it comes to teamwork: you either learn to cooperate as a cohesive unit, or you fail. There’s no room for selfishness or self-centred individuals when your team is trying to win.

Exercise teaches children that they must trust and rely on others if they wish to achieve common goals. It encourages kids to value everyone’s strengths, show empathy for people’s weaknesses and ultimately put the collective needs ahead of individual wants.

The World Trainer Youth Academy has been designed to help children hone their teamwork abilities and equip them with the soft skills they need to succeed. Follow WorldTrainer on WeChat or get in touch with us via team@worldtrainer.fitness to learn more.

patty lee