LittleGraduatesSchools has its own Sports Academy for all children as an advantage for all registered children at our institutions.

Minni Sports Academy and the true success behind the initiative has been a turning point to LittleGraduatesSchools curriculum.

Minni Sports Academy is an in-house complete extra-murals Department led by qualified tutors (instructors) from our Local Universities in South Africa who are certified by the relevant authorities to conduct sports in children;

The Chief Coach Morapeleng Stokes leads a group of other 4 qualified instructors in the field of Mini Soccer, Ballet, Gymnastics, Minni Tennis, Netball, Swimming and Minni Rugby  who have good track record of experience in doing just that and assess the children of their achievement in sporting as well as reporting back to parents.

All  kids now who had no chance to participate in any kind of sports due to many challenges the country is faced in sports sector and finances on the top agenda can now participate in two to three extra mural activities per week, done by the school instructors at school.

Inter competition for all schools and galas will be arranged to test the competence of our children in their skills as achieved through Minni Sports Academy practices.

It is now official that every child (2- 6 years) loves the Minni Sports Academy beat and the beat has received a very good response of registrations from parents which counts as a positive step towards “sports for all” for our children.

There are several benefits of playing sports for kids, such as having a healthier life, gaining more academic integrity, improving medical fitness, etc.

Allowing children to participate in outdoor extracurricular activities in this manner helps them explore and develop skills which are considered beneficial throughout their lives. By participating in sports, children are exposed to various mental, social, emotional, physical and educational benefits. Some of these benefits are:

Developing Self-Esteem

Several studies have suggested that taking part in a sport can help in the development of your child’s self esteem and confidence. Gestures such as a high-five from a teammate, a pat on the back, or a handshake, when a match is over, helps build confidence.

Also, words of praise or of encouragement from the coach or players help build self-esteem. This also helps them learn to trust their own abilities and push themselves in their pursuits.

However, one thing that should be remembered is that their self-esteem should not be distinguished based on winning or losing. Constructive criticism should be major parts in helping children learn about accepting their weaknesses and working on them to improve themselves. To do this you could encourage your child to play sports, and always ask them whether they enjoyed it or not, rather than whether they won or lost.

Social skills

Playing a sport helps children develop social skills which would benefit them even when they grow older. Playing sports teaches them about teamwork and cooperating with others. They learn to interact with people from different ages. Also, joining a sports team helps give children a sense of belonging and gives them an opportunity to make friends. With more friendship circles it would help improve their communication skills, which will help them in their future careers and personal relationships with others from early age.

Accept Defeat at some times

In most of the things you do in life, there will be a winner and a loser. Through sports your child can learn sportsmanship. They can learn how to accept and cope with losses rather than feeling completely defeated. You cannot win them all, and through sports, your child can understand that sometimes it’s okay if you lose. The important part is to get back up and try again.

There’s no harm in being competitive, but if you lose you should show good sportsmanship and accept defeat. No one likes to be around a sore loser who doesn’t respect the rules, and this brings us to the next point.

Maintain Discipline

Any sport requires the athletes to maintain discipline. This discipline could be mental, physical, or tactical. To become better in any sport you require discipline. Without self-restraint it would be hard to succeed in any sport. Discipline helps the player achieve their goals and also reach their fullest potential.

In sports your child would need to follow a set of rules, take orders and accept decisions made by the coach. Good discipline is appreciated in sports, as there are penalizations for bad discipline. By listening to the coach and peers, your child would learn an important life skill which would help him throughout their career and life.

There’s no “I” in Team.

Teamwork is a necessary skill to learn from an early age. A team cannot succeed unless they work together. Sports provide children with the important lesson of learning how to work in a team. Everyone has to come together to achieve the goal. The inter-competition which will be done at bigger fields at some stage will bring the kids to their attention that by working together they will learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and will be better able to decide and strategize the best plan for the team. This will without a doubt help them in their future lives and careers as well.

There are various benefits of sports for your child. This list is not exhaustive. There are several other benefits such as a healthier living, more academic integrity, medical fitness, etc.

All of these benefits just show how much a child can learn outside the classroom as well. However, to get your child to play a sport you may need to encourage them too. 

Parent’s role in child’s sport: (Free Advise)

If a parent is involved in child’s sports life can help a child become active in sports in several ways:

  • A parent could be physically active in sports by him/herself. This would help children as you are leading by example.
  • Support your child’s efforts in sports during sports bonanza or sports day arranged by your child’s school. Try to be there for every match that your child plays during inter-competition, for encouragement.
  • Try to limit the time spent on sedentary activities such as watching television or playing computer games. A well thirty minutes spend on a particular sport with your child on different location is very important
  • Play a sport along with your child at times and get a relevant sporting tool like soccer ball, minni tennis court, rugby ball etc to show support
  • There is a theory in the education world that involves what is called the ‘experience factor’ or ‘experiential learning’.

    Studies have shown that experiential learning can not only instill knowledge in young children, but it can also develop their ability to think critically and apply the knowledge to real-life situations.

    If children can learn to make good decisions on their own, they will be more apt to doing things on their own and looking for help instead of never asking questions.

The Minni Sports Academy has dedicated a fixed timetable for all schools, which means one day is used in sports per school and the teachers can use their ample time to remind the kids about what they have learnt during sports day.

Dear parents, Minni Sports Academy is the way to go.

Be involved and take this deliberate step seriously and forward.

We will be having a Minni Sports Launch soon and we will invite all parents to attend this important day in the history of LittleGraduatesSchools. Please be prepared.

With thanks

LittleGraduatesSchools