Our Youth Programs are inspired through the very best knowledge and resources that the world has to offer, but more importantly, they are specific to Youth training and ALWAYS at the forefront of that is “What is best for the kids”.
We have long held our belief that early sports specialisation is not what is best for kids, particularly the long term effects. There is becoming, albeit very slowly, a shift in this thinking towards allowing kids more “play” and focussing more on increasing the general physical skills (train kids to be generally good at a wider range of physical skills). It is great to see more article and studies appearing on just that.
Playing sports has clear social, physical and mental health benefits for children. But evidence shows that youth sports in Western societies have become increasingly controlled and regulated by adults, which takes the fun out for many children.
Participation rates by adolescents have been declining and recent statistics released by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) show a 60% surge in sports injuries for children in the 10 to 14 age group over the past decade in New Zealand.