Besides that sport is healthy, it also helps your child develop physically, including in the field of endurance, confidence and coordination, but the social aspect is just as important.

A sports club is often a breeding ground for new friends and, depending on the type of sport, teaches the children to achieve goals in a group.

The big question is what hobby fits your child and when this becomes clear, at which association you want to connect too.
The supply in municipalities is overwhelming: hockey, tennis, soccer, swimming, judo, ballet, athletics, and so on.. Most children find most hobbies fun for a few weeks, but then want like to look further.

Firstly talk to your child to find out what the first preference is, taking into account for example a team or individuality and, indoor or outdoor, and whether a physical sport or not . Together you can exclude some sports with this information.

A next step would be to look at the nature of your child:

  • If you have a very quiet child, you might go for an individual sport in advance. That may indeed be a good choice, but keep in mind that he or she likes playing with others and a team sport may be a better idea. In this case take notice that he or she wins his or her place in the team and stands up for himself. If your child is pushed away by its teammates, the fun will be over soon.
  • Energetic children lose their energy one way or another. In that case you can best orient on intensive sports, where you move continuously. Such as hockey or football.
  • Energetic is one thing, what else is hyperactive. Can your (hyperactive) child keep his attention to the game? Do you think the answer is no, then you’re probably better off looking at an individual sport. Such as athletics or swimming.
  • Do you have a child with lesser developed motorskills? Always dropping the ball or kicking it wrongly? Look for a sport which is appropriate. If your child can not get along with the others, he or she will only start to feel unhappy. With disastrous consequences for the self-confidence. You could look at a swimming or athletics (running). A defensive sport, in which the coordination can be trained, is also an option.

Many sports associations organize free introduction days for children. Decide with your child what days he or she would like to visit. These introduction days can let your child find out if a particular sport really fits, without entering into a membership.

Let fun be the first priority!
Because allowing your child to choose an appropriate sport and encouraging him or her, ensures that these sports will be their favorite hobby for years to come…