It’s never too early to start encouraging your children to have an active lifestyle, and today, there are more opportunities than ever before for kids to try out different sports.
Even at the most basic level, they’ll get to experience a range of different sports through the PE lessons at primary school. Most schools don’t concentrate on one or two sports for this age group – they give them sample sessions of different sports like football, tennis, hockey, netball, rounders and athletics. If your child comes home full of enthusiasm about a particular sport you can encourage that interest by finding out about local clubs or coaching in that sport.
You never know, your five year old taking his first mini-tennis lessons might turn out to be the Wimbledon Men’s Champion twenty years from now. All the world’s biggest tennis stars started young, and who’s to say that your child hasn’t got that star potential?
Last year’s Wimbledon winner, Andy Murray, is a great example. Murray started playing tennis as a boy, encouraged by his mum, Judy. He was also a good enough footballer to be offered a place at Rangers Football Club’s School of Excellence at the age of 15, but chose to focus on tennis instead. Just as well because just over a decade later, he became the first Briton to win Wimbledon in 77 years. This year, Betfair already has Murray down as one of the favourites, with odds of around 2/1. Joint third favourites on Betfair are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. If Federer were to win, it would be his 8th victory at Wimbledon and he would beat a new record by doing so – currently he and Pete Sampras have won the Wimbledon Championships an astonishing seven times each. You can bet on the big tennis stars’ 2014 Grand Slam potential at Betfair too.
So, what are you waiting for? If you’ve spotted skill in your little one’s swing of a racket or dribble of a ball, don’t hesitate to nurture and encourage them in their chosen sport – they could be a champion in the making. And even if they’re not, they’ll have fun and be healthier for trying!