GIVE THE KIDS A BREAK
As we wind down after a big year, here at GAME PLAY LEARN we value our time-out from the ‘organised world’ and will definitely be enjoying a break over the Australian summer holidays – family, animals, beach time, home time, relaxing, playing.
As we reflect on the Sporting Landscape, breaks seems to be getting squeezed out and replaced with more hours of training, more coaching and more pressure on kids.
In the scramble for talent and commercial interest, sporting organisations and academies now offer year-round programs to ‘get ahead’ and early specialisation rears it ugly head (Read more in ‘Multi-Sport, Multi-Important’). Where childhood was designed for play, exploration, and self-discovery, it’s now lost to the adult world of pushing talent, getting ahead and making sacrifices.
More concerns for early specialisation and pressure on our kids. What's the answer? https://t.co/Aeq7JSDQn6
— GAME PLAY LEARN (@_gameplaylearn_) December 10, 2016
They are under pressure very early to be successful and come in with the fear of not being successful every morning.Arsene Wenger
What’s the answer?
- Provide a diverse development journey (Why we use Multi-Games)
- Give players more ownership of their sporting journey (Do you use your Power to Empower?)
Give the kids a break
A break from routine, away from the structure and control of organisations and institutions. Play, explore, find freedom in nature and space to breathe, imagine, get bored.
We’re slowly recognising our increasingly artificial environment and seeing the evolution in education (with Finland leading the world). But what of our sporting world? What’s the alternative to organised sport promoting elitism and competition above all else? Other than staying inside with increasing screen time, what’s left for our kids?
Rather than the ‘all or nothing’ mentality how about coming back to the need for balanced lives, and seeing the child as a person first and foremost with the right to enjoying everything life has to offer. The sporting season can be enjoyed just as much as swapping the football boots for a fishing rod.
I have a right to be seen as a child and NOT an ‘athlete’ or ‘talent’. – GAME PLAY LEARN ‘Player Rights Charter’
Here are the questions from the earlier Arsene Wenger article. Let’s take the opportunity over the holiday break to reflect on our Sporting Landscape: