Engaging young people in sports and physical activity
Delivering sports and activity sessions which hold the attention and enthusiasm of young people is no mean feat. Studies have shown that the motivation for young people to take part in sports goes much further than for the health benefits. Whatever the incentive however, Sport England believes building positive attitudes to sport and physical and activity from an early age can lead to lifelong healthy habits. It classes children and young people as one of its target groups under the Uniting the Movement strategy. The strategy focuses on five issues aimed at opening up as many opportunities as possible for all demographic groups to be physically active. At Stadia Sports, we believe in supplying the tools and equipment communities need to access sport at all levels, from grassroots to elite. With a focus on high quality and high value, we deliver equipment suitable for everything from taster sessions to competitions to give young people the chance to uncover their talent and succeed.
Meeting social needs
For some young people, the social benefits that come with taking up a new sport or activity is what drives them to continue taking part. Making friends, building confidence and getting involved in new experiences contributes as much to wellbeing as improved fitness through activity. Team sports, such as football, rugby and netball, are great for helping young people develop social skills. Connecting with teammates and helping each other to achieve encourages respect, resilience and better communication skills. The dedication and discipline needed can also have a positive impact on academic studies. At Stadia Sports, we manufacture a wide range of football goals and rugby posts in different sizes. With a focus on safety, meeting goal post standard BS EN 16579, our football goals grow with the players and the team. We offer everything from garden goals for home training, to five-a-side goals right through to full size 11-a-side goals for Premier League stadiums.
Making facilities accessible
Removing time restrictions and travel barriers is important for keeping young people engaged in sport and physical activity. Many of our products have been designed with speed and flexibility in mind such as our Rollaway Football Goals for multi-use sports pitches, and Combination Rugby and Football Goals. We also manufacture our goals to last, offering heavy duty options for grounds which are open to the public and quite often unmanned. Our MUGAs are perfect for providing young people with all round access to sports facilities. Offering a variety of court markings and goal options including Basketball Goals, Nets and Rings, a MUGA is a safe environment where young people can enjoy a friendly match or one-on-one practise. Our Sunshine Gym range is also designed to break down barriers to fitness. It is free to access once installed, so providing our outdoor gym equipment in parks and recreation areas gives young people the flexibility to work out at times that suit them. Our multi gym arrangements are laid out to support social interaction between users, and by exercising in the open air, mental health is boosted.
Fun for all the family
Involving the whole family in sport is thought to be one of the best ways to engage children and young people. Being with family provides safe and secure conditions for youngsters to try out new sports without pressure. It fosters a great learning environment, with parents and siblings acting as role models to younger children. Community tennis courts are great for parent and child doubles, Trim Trails foster friendly competition and even Outdoor Table Tennis is a fantastic way for families to have fun and stay active together.
Information and resources
For some young people, fear of failure or lack of confidence can hold them back from taking part in new activities. Having a wealth of information and resources to hand can allay some of these fears and help to educate and motivate young people to participate. At Stadia Sports, our blog section covers a wide range of topics while our buyer’s guides go into detail about the best equipment to buy or use for the right standard and ability. If you’re investing in sports equipment for your school, club or community, we can help you make informed choices. For more information about our services and products, call our team today.