While the physical health benefits that sports provide youth are
undoubtedly important, the social benefits may be what draw children
to sports. Being able to spend time with their friends outside of
school is more important to children than knowing they are
physically active. Life skill gains through social interaction can
be tremendous. Social interaction in team
sports teaches youth to: 1) Associate with their peers; 2) Solve
conflict; and 3) Communicate effectively with their peers.
participating in sport can improve the quality of life of
individuals and communities, promote social inclusion, improve
health, counter anti-social behaviour, raise individual self-esteem
and confidence, and widen horizons.