Regular participation in physical activity and sport is important for young people’s health and well-being. The right to be physically active and play sport is therefore fundamental to their development.
Junior sport lays the pathway for everything sport-related. You only have to think about the money that big sports (AFL, cricket and netball) spend on grassroots sports to see how much they rely on junior sports to groom the future Sandilands, Husseys and Furhmans.
However, junior sport brings with it a unique set of challenges. These include:
• Pushy or aggressive parents.
• Involvements with schools.
• Participation drop-out.
• Physical growth and maturation.
• Legal implications (i.e. child protection and working with children checks).
Because of these challenges, junior club management is a unique skill. However, junior sport remains one of the greatest intrinsic experiences anyone can have.