Being a member of a sports team or group can be hugely rewarding. As well as the physical benefits, you will make new friends, and learn all sort of vital life skills – working with different people towards a common goal, overcoming setbacks, communicating with a range of different people, and accepting feedback constructively. And it’s a great way to let off steam and have fun! Team sports teach you how to handle pressure, and how to win and lose with grace. They help build your self-esteem and self-confidence.
You may have some disappointments – it can be hurtful if you’re excluded from the team if you sometimes don’t meet the standards required, and your team will lose sometimes. But even these disappointments will do you good; learning to deal with these setbacks will help you cope with the ups and downs of life outside sport, so focus on the positives!
You may also find that you don’t have time as much time to see your friends as you used to, because you have lots of team practices and matches, and your friends might not understand the your commitment to your sport. Consider what you’re giving up to play your sport, as well as all the benefits, and make the decision that is right for you.
Whether you fancy joining a running club, a rowing club, a hockey club or a canoeing club, click on the links below and find out how to get started. Obviously there are sports and activities that aren’t listed here, in which case search on the internet for one that appeals to you in your area.
Many sports organisations and companies offer taster courses and workshops – an ideal way to try a new sport out, or to improve your skills if you already play. Try:
Cricket for Girls – nationwide courses at all levels, founded by former England player Lydia Greenway