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Why after-school clubs and activities are good for your kids


Why after-school clubs and activities are good for your kids

 

Many of us get our kids involved in after-school clubs because… well, everyone else does. So it’s always good to stop and think about the many benefits your child is getting from extra-curricular activities. Here are ClassHub’s top ten:


 1. They learn something new

There’s only so many hours in the day and the school curriculum won’t teach your child everything. So after-school activities can teach them things they might not learn otherwise, especially if it’s skills that you don’t have as a family. From board games to coding, drumming to Uilleann pipes, clubs give your child the opportunity to learn something new in a secure environment.


 2. Clubs support their school work

After-school activities aren’t necessarily separate from school work – they can in fact support it. That’s because if your child is learning something new this can often mean they become more interested in a related school subject. For example, a wildlife club might mean they enjoy science more, or a drama club might help their confidence when presenting to the class.


 3. Their social group expands

Local after-school activities are often open to several schools, so it gives your child the opportunity to make friends outside their normal peer group. This kind of extended social interaction can help them grow into a confident young adult by teaching them the value of fair play, turn-taking and gregariousness.


 4. They get all-important exercise

With childhood obesity rates on the rise, fitting exercise into your child’s day is vital. An after-school activity often provides a way of doing just that – which is good for physical as well as mental health. If your child is part of an outdoor after-school club, they will be getting some fresh air too.


 5. They sleep better

A good night’s sleep is priceless: well-rested children are more alert as school, meaning they concentrate better and learn more. Children can feel more relaxed following their after-school activities, especially if it’s a physical club, which will help tire your child out after a day at their desk.


 6. They learn team-work

Teamwork is a vital life skill that can help children grow into employable, sociable young adults. After-school clubs and activities are often team-based (think sports like netball, shinty, football, or being in an orchestra or band) and will help them learn to cooperate with their peers. This learning will transfer into the classroom and support their group work.


 7. They’re kept busy when parents are working

We all know that phrase about ‘idle hands’… if children, especially teenagers, aren’t kept busy, they’re more likely to get into trouble. And as many parents are working, after-school clubs and activities are a great way of keeping teenagers out of mischief. Having a club to go to after-school is a great distraction. And before you know it, you’ll all be home for the evening – trouble averted.


 8. They meet inspiring role models

Teachers are often positive role models for children, but after-school clubs give them the chance to meet other adults of different ages and backgrounds. Sports trainers and club leaders and helpers can become valuable mentors for children, especially teenagers. A band leader might give your child the inspiration to practise his instrument more, or a sports coach could help your kid be more punctual when they won’t listen to you!


 9. They’re not glued to a screen

We all worry about children spending too much time looking at their phones or other devices, or even watching TV. The great news is that children who go to after-school clubs are less likely to be ‘addicted’ to screens. It’s not just the time spent at a club that keeps them away from their group chats or gaming – it’s because with another interest, they’re more likely to spend their time practicing than looking at their devices.


 10.  They have better self-esteem

Studies show that children who do sports and physical activity are often more confident. Clubs help children develop self-esteem because they learn to believe in themselves, are encouraged by their club leaders – and also learn to accept constructive criticism, which is all part of the process too!

 


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