10 reasons why you should join a sports team:
- Gives you confidence.
- Motivate you to exercise
- Pushes you out of your comfort zone.
- You discover skills you never knew you had.
- Make new friends.
- Become a great team player.
- Improve your mental health.
- You gain self-esteem.
- Improves your social skills.
- Gets you fit and healthier without noticing.
Being part of a sports team can give you a real sense of belonging and purpose. I started really getting into basketball in primary 7 when Mr MacWhirter asked me to come along to basketball training in the morning. I love being part of the school team and it has hugely helped my confidence and improved my basketball skills. We have a really great team who all work together and we have all developed so much.
Two years ago, I joined Falkirk Fury, I was super scared and nervous as it was something I had never done before. I didn’t know anyone and didn’t have as much experience as many of the other players.
I worked really hard to prove to myself and others that I should be part of the team. This was challenging but I put the work in. Training was 3 or 4 times a week with games most weekends. I was exercising more than ever but ended up so much fitter whilst enjoying myself.
I had to push myself to have the confidence to get to know the other players. Week by week I started to build friendships with many of the players both on court and in life. Some of my basketball team are now among my closest friends.
I had the experience of participating in the U14 Scottish Cup, National Challenge and Monster Ball. I couldn’t believe my coaches believed in me so much that they let me play in these so early on. I loved every minute of these competitions and they boosted my confidence and self-esteem massively.
I would encourage anyone who is thinking about joining a new team sport to go for it as its one of the best choices I’ve made.