It’s that time of year again to dust off those cleats and head out to your local soccer turf, field, or school yard to kick the ball around. There aren’t many communities in BC where you won’t find a game of soccer happening when the weather gets warm. Whether you are running from the mosquitos while on the field in Prince George or you rent some turf time on a busy field in Surrey, odds are there’s a game of soccer happening.
Soccer is the global sport for a reason, it has a plethora of benefits for all. Some of these are:
- Soccer is a great way to promote physical literacy through its array of movements like, running, kicking, and catching (assuming you’re the goalie!).
- Soccer is a relatively low cost sport for participation and equipment. What’s more, you don’t need to be part of a league to play; you just need a few friends, open space and a ball.
- Having children run around the turf for an hour or so will help them meet their recommended 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity daily physical activity. Instead of standing and watching while the kids are playing, powerwalk some laps around the field to get your exercise in!
- Trying a wide array of sports like soccer facilitates the behaviour of lifelong physical activity.
Now that we are kicking off into spring, don’t risk getting a yellow card by staying indoors, or worse a red card for sitting on the couch, so get outside and give that soccer ball a kick!