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How to keep children in Sport | Coaching Youth (age 13-18)

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How to keep children in Sport

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  • Hi Guys I am looking to write a paper on the following subject.:-

    Young children generally find sport fun and a natural part of life.  By the age of 18 few children are actively engaged in sport.  suggest ways in which participation in sport can be maintained. 

    I am interested in your thought on this matter.  Any comments would be greatly received.

     · Emma Tomlinson likes this.
  • Hello Dave

    This is very complex but I will give you two thoughts.  I mainly know school sports as a coach but in my country I would suggest the problem is simply adults.  When do we consider how they learn or what motivates them?  Coaches generally focus on the recipe approach rather than the unique individuals.  However, have an internet search of the Future of Australian Sport and you will see that teenagers in sport is a changing landscape.


  • Hi Dave

    Our lead for coaching young people is working on a workshop to help coaches tackle this issue. But if you haven't seem them already, there are some great resources and case studies produced by the sector.

    The general key messages are:

    • Find ways to tackle conceptions such as 'I'm not not a sporty type' 
    • Educate about the benefits of physical activity
    • Tap into young people's interests. For example, there is a great running club in London for young people interested in rap. They sing and create poetry while running. 
    • Create a social feeling a belonging
    • Connect and engage via social 





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