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Finding a sport for me

As well as a large number of local clubs you can join and facilities you can use there are also national organisations which promote sport for young people like Sport England. There are also national funding programmes like the National Lottery which can give young people an opportunity to develop their sport. This section concentrates on these organisations. Almost all of them will be able to put you in touch with a local organisation. This section also includes information on being a spectator and supporter.

Most people’s experience of playing sport begins at school, either in the playground at break time or in games lessons. Some people love school sport and go on to play in their spare time. For others it is a weekly chore and the sooner it is over the better.

If you never really liked sport at school you probably wont feel very enthusiastic about taking it up later. But sport is a very broad term and just because you had a miserable time doing cross country at school doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy archery or rollerblading for example. Perhaps you’re just not so good at running but you might have a really steady arm for snooker!

Some of the most popular sports are easy to play without much equipment The most important thing about sport is being able to participate in it. The more you play the better you get. You may find that you want to play in a team and compete with others and this is the point when your sport gets more serious and questions about equipment, access to facilities and travel costs become more important.

Sport is also a great way of getting to meet people. If you’re stuck at home or feeling lonely, joining a sport club can give you an excuse to meet new people. In the section on different sports we’ve included information on how much it costs to play the sport, where to go for a local contact and what kind of opportunities there are for disabled people.

Where can I play sport?

All local authority leisure departments provide sports facilities in their area. The Government has introduced new Sport Action Zones to enhance community sports across England. The programme is intended to run for 10 years. Call your local authority to find out what is available for you locally.

You don’t have to play sport in a sports hall or recreation centre, kicking a ball in the park, walking the dog or practising yoga at home are all beneficial sporting activities. You and a group of friends may like to form your own football team, running group or perhaps even a Frisbee challenge team! All of these activities can be enjoyed informally. If you want more details about any sporting activity, contact one of the sports organisations in our listing.

Are you getting enough exercise?

The Health Education Authority (now the Health Development Agency) published a very useful leaflet called “Getting Active – Feeling Fit”. The guide encourages you to make exercise part of your weekly routine. They have the following advice for young people:

“When you’re young, it’s easy to think that you don’t need to bother exercising. But it’s vital to keep active to keep yourself in good shape. Not only will you look and feel better but you’ll be less likely to store up health problems for the future.”

The leaflet suggested you do some or all of the following:
-Join a local leisure centre;
-If there is a particular sport you enjoy, make enquiries with your local sports centre to see if there is a club you can join;
-If you prefer individual activities, try cycling, walking or jogging. You may know someone who would like to train with you;
-There may be discounts available to young people in your area. Find out from the local council if schemes like this operate in your area;
-Don’t forget dancing… A night on the dance floor can use up as much energy as a full workout!

Contact the HEA if you would like to receive a copy of their leaflet.

There are a number of organisations in the UK promoting sport in general or the development of a particular sport. Here we have included details of organisations promoting a general interest in sport, including the Sports Council, National Coaching Foundation and the Sports Council Lottery Fund.

Watch Sports on the Internet With ESPN360

If you do not necessarily want to buy the full Dish Network sports package, or you have basic cable and cannot afford more, or you just are one of those people still in the Dark Ages of TV with only an antenna and you still want to watch sports, that is what ESPN360.com provides. ESPN360 allows you to watch sports on the internet that you otherwise not might be able to watch. Even if you have every sports channel possible on DirecTV or Dish Network (they have more sports than anyone as they are satellite providers), you will still be able to catch a few sporting events exclusively on ESPN360 and nowhere else.

These days, a lot of internet users want to watch sports on the internet for whatever reason. Of course it helps if you have a fast connection, but fast connections are common these days. Most readers of this article will be able to watch ESPN360, provided their internet company provides it. The list of providers will continue to grow, I am sure, as it is becoming quite the popular place to watch sports on the internet in general and to watch soccer internet matches exclusively, for one.

As for the ESPN360 schedule of live events, on the day I am writing this (Thursday, October 9) I see 15 live events scheduled to show. Some events like college football, UEFA Champions League matches, NFL games, etc. will be shown live on TV and on ESPN360. For the soccer lovers who do not have the dough to be able to get all the soccer channels on satellite TV, ESPN360 includes Serie A, the Dutch league, Chinese league, U.S. soccer and other soccer matches that you will not see on any channel in the U.S. So for the soccer fanatics like me, it is fantastic to be able to watch soccer on the internet with ESPN360. They even show some futsal and beach soccer when they have tournaments.

These days, sports fans want more and more options for watching sports. I know as I am one myself. When I miss a game or can’t find it anywhere else I’m often able to go to ESPN360 online and catch it. One of the best features is they save most every game shown on ESPN360 for you to come and watch it later. You just have to search on their convenient list for the game you want to see, even after it has already ended. That is the beauty of watching TV online and that is why I think it will happen more and more in the future.

Benefits Of Sports: How Can Playing Sports Contribute To A Child’s Development?

Children spend most of their day time at school, albeit they are deprived of time for sports and fun. The main reason for this is that either the schools do not have enough facilities to organize sports or the management does not realize the importance of sports and other physical activities. In schools, the break time is hardly of 20 to 30 minutes. Children can either play games with friends or have their lunch during this short time. They do have games session, but that is just once in a week. Even on that day the children cannot play sports as there is nothing for them to play. All they do is to spend that time in either learning a test or doing their homework. Teachers and parents both emphasize on doing homework and learning lessons after school. There are only a few parents and educators who understand that a child should have a balance routine, and get time for studies, games, and proper rest. Education is not just reading, memorizing, and writing homework, it is, in fact, the development of one’s personality. Importance of sports and games should not be neglected, when it comes to educating children and teenagers. Sports contribute on a child’s physical, emotional and psychological development.

Why Is Sports Essential?

Sports is essential for a healthy living, as Hippocrates said, “Sport is a preserver of health.” Let’s see what different benefits we can get from playing and physical activity.

  • Sports reduces body fat, controls body weight, prevents Cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
  • Playing outdoor games enhance endurance, flexibility, improves balance as well as strengthens bones and muscles.
  • Sports help in developing better hand-eye co-ordination and fast foot movement.
  • It reduces risks of getting injured and quickens recovery and healing.
  • The children who play sports are less likely to get arthritis and diabetes than their peers who do not exercise or play games.
  • Sports plays pivotal role in child mental development. It is a proven fact that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Sports makes one both physically and mentally fit. According to a research, the children who play sports, do better in their academic studies. Involving in physical activities improve concentration and enables mind to focus properly. This helps students in their studies. They can understand and learn their lessons effectively and quickly than those who do not play sports. Beside this, sports also teaches children problem-solving skills and enables them to set and accomplish goals.

1. How Sports Contribute In Character And Personality Building?

“Sports is human life in microcosm,” said a sports broadcaster. Apart from benefiting their physical health, sports also play an important role in psychological development and social well-being of a child. Playing inculcate values like values like discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, sacrifice, and accountability. By playing sports, children how to get along with their peers and interact positively with their coaches and elders. It builds sportsmanship spirits in them, whether they win or lose. The losing team shake hands with the winning one and pat on their shoulders as a gesture of appreciating them.

2. Sports Reduces Stress

Sports help one combat anxiety, depression and stress. Sports trains one to accept defeat gracefully and move one. They learn that winning and losing are parts of life, one should not feel depressed and dishearten on losing, but move on and strive more for the next time. Rita Mae Brown, an author says, “Sports strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through. Sports gives players an opportunity to know and test themselves.” The children who play sports get more chance of meeting and interacting with people of similar interests and make new friends, this boosts their confidence. Sports inculcates the spirits of sportsmanship and sharing. Children playing together as a team, share and celebrate their victory together. This has a positive affect on a child’s psychology and behavior. Players are less likely to become selfish when they grow up; they are caring and readily to work as a team and get along better with others. Dr. Keith and Rebecca White, conducted a research which reveals that middle-school teenagers who are physically active and play sports are more contented with their lives and feel healthier than those who do not participate in sports and physical activities. “Our study demonstrates the benefits of youth sports participation on self-rated health and life satisfaction among young youth at a critical juncture in adolescent development. Our findings suggest that sports team participation may enhance school connectedness, social support and bonding among friends and teammates,” says Dr. Keith and Rebecca White.

3. Why Girls Should Be Encouraged To Play Sports?

Most parents discourage their daughters from participating in sports and performing physical activities at school. This is mainly, because they fear that their complexion would become dark. The fact is that playing sports will make them look younger than those girls who do not play. Yes, that’s right! Playing slow down the aging process and make skin healthy, beautiful and glowing. Girls who play sports are less likely to become over-weight. Sports make girls physically fit, attractive, energetic and confident. They can socially interact better with others as compared to the girls who do not play sports or exercise. A research has found that girls who play sports have positive physical image and high self-esteem. According to a report, physical activity can help to prevent hip fractures among females and reduce the effects of osteoporosis. Parents should not stop their girls from playing sports only because they do not want them to become dark. Girls can prevent their skin complexion from becoming dark, tan or sunburn by using a sunblock before they go out.

Pacific Sport Fishing – Ocean Fishing

It’s always a good day for fishing in the Pacific Ocean! And a good day for fishing is a good day for many more than just those at the thick end of the poles!

From Alaska to Australia, Pacific sport fishing is a dynamic, exciting, bountiful industry. Just in America alone, there are 40 million anglers, according to statistics from the American Sportfishing Association. The impact of this industry puts it at about 47th place among all US corporations, with over $45 billion in retail sales. The Pacific Sport Fishing arm of this industry stretches wherever a boat can maneuver along the open waters and shorelines of this great body of water.

Countless hours of angling are satisfying the hunger of millions of sport fishermen and women. They are after the really big ones…the Marlin, averaging 150kg – 200kg in the southern waters, to the rowdy King Salmon in the northeastern waters off Alaska. Famous fighters bring excitement to every tug on the line. Yellowfin tuna, Striped, Black or Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Sailfish, Shark and Snapper. Northern waters pulsate with Salmon, Halibut, and the feisty Steelhead. In southern waters, the catch for Tuna runs from 30kg – 59kg, and the average Marlin weighs in the 150kg – 200kg range.

Just as the anglers are packing up their gear for long days in the sun, those who serve the anglers are ready for action. Charter boats, live-on experience expeditions, yachts, and a myriad of supporting retail outlets are bursting with action as their coffers fill up with the sport fishing industry’s monetary contribution of over $125 billion plus (figures for US only!). Sport fishing charters cost about $400 to $2000 per day. Fishing license fees contribute to keeping this sporting industry thriving, with fish hatcheries, restocking efforts, and water preservation and conservation. Camera and film go right along with the tackle boxes, to capture that magic moment with fish and fisherman (or two or three fishermen holding those really big ones). And, over a million people are employed in this industry in the US alone. Multiply those figures for the rest of the Pacific coast countries and you can imagine the overall importance of sport fishing to all!

Add the benefits to the tourism industry and you can see the widespread impact of Pacific Sport Fishing. Ringing all around the Pacific, west to Hawaii, and south to Costa Rica and Mexico, and South America, sport fishermen are taking on the big ones in more ways than fish.

Accommodations run from rustic to deluxe in locations from Hawaii to Nicaragua, and on boats that are no longed call boats, they are ships. Yachts to cruisers, from boats that look to be right out of the movie “The African Queen”, to ships large enough to even carry more yachts on board for special charter fishing trips, there is an accommodating place for every angler to settle down and enjoy their sport fishing experience. It’s always a good day sport fishing in the Pacific!