Leading by Example
Parents who are involved in organised sport are more likely to raise strong, active kids, according to new research released by the Australian Sporting Commission (ASC).
The study, conducted in 2016, surveyed over 20,000 Australian adults and kids about their sporting habits. The results showed that being an active parent is good, but being involved in organised sport is even better.
While 72 per cent of children who have at least one active parent are themselves physically active in organised sport or physical activity outside of school hours, the numbers rise when sporting clubs are involved. Nearly 90 per cent of kids with at least one parent who plays and volunteers in sport are active themselves.
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These results are a great example of the important role sporting clubs can play in building strong, healthy communities. Being involved in a sporting club benefits everyone; improving physical and emotional health, expanding social networks and even helping kids to perform better at school.
Reflecting on the results, ASC Chief Executive Kate Palmer said that the data also highlights what important sporting role models parents are for their children.
“Parents can take an important step and it begins at home. By being more active you can improve your own health, but you will also be influencing your children to develop a love of sport and set them on the path to a more active and healthy lifestyle.”
Parents can help to set their kids up for success by leading by example and choosing the right sporting club for their whole family. Whether it’s playing in the seniors or volunteering at the canteen, simply being a part of the club community will help to encourage your kids to develop healthy habits.
The Good Sports program helps to build strong, family-friendly clubs; places where everyone in the community is supported to play and enjoy sport.