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1. DON’T FORGET THE FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS! 2. PLAY AT HOME

Nurture a full range of movement skills including kicking or hitting a ball, running, jumping, climbing, balancing and basic aquatic skills.

Play in the backyard or even the hallway! Encourage using the left and right hands and feet!

3. CHEER FOR SPORT! 4. GET THE RIGHT SPORT FORMAT AND EQUIPMENT practice

Choose to be an active family and limit screen time at home. Provide positive encouragement for sporting activity and refrain from being a passive parent and get involved and have fun.

Check if your child’s school is registered for the Sporting Schools program.

5. SAMPLE AND HAVE FUN! 6. PRACTICE, BUT MAKE IT RELEVANT AND FUN!

Don’t just specialise in one sport too early, try a few sports. This will help the development of a full range of sporting skills, coordination and control.

The quality and type of practice is more important than simply how much you do it and make sure it’s challenging and fun.

7. BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL 8. THE QUESTIONS TO ASK

You are the greatest role model. Always show respect to the coaches and officials, and demonstrate good sportsmanship. Be positive and supportive of your child’s sporting efforts.

After the game, ask your child: ‘what felt good today?’ or ‘what do you think you could improve on for next time?’
9. BE SPORT-READY 10. FIND THE RIGHT DEVELOPMENTAL ENVIRONMENT

Get a healthy sport-life balance. Get an understanding of the role that good nutrition, hydration, rest

Find a sporting club that provides products and services including quality coaching, that focus on fun and participation regardless of skill level and ability. 

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11.6 million Australian adults participate in sport or physical activity three or more times per week.
3.2 million Australian children participate in organised sport or physical activity outside of school.
$10 billion is spent annually by Australians on fees for participation in sport or physical activity.
17 million Australian adults participate in a sport or physical activity every year.