How To Encourage Kids To Try New Sports: A Guide for Grown Ups

As parents and carers, we’re well aware of the multitude of benefits keeping active has for our little ones. From promoting healthy bone and muscle growth, to improved coordination and motor skills, and even to improved mental health and well being. There’s no doubt it’s important for children to keep active.

However, getting kids to try new sports can be really tricky! For some children sports can be daunting and it can be a monumental task trying to motivate them. So how can we encourage them to try a new activity? Read on for our top tips to help your child find their next sporting passion…

Let them choose

Sport should never have to feel like a chore, so to help them have the most fun possible with their new activity, it’s worth finding out what they’re interested in. Maybe they’re already curious about another sport - if so this is the perfect place to start!


Or if they’re not sure what they like, let them explore the different possibilities and see what they get on with. Why not take your kids to a field this summer and set up a game of football or rounders? Or you could take them to a taster session at their local clubs to try out the sport with other children of a similar age. See what they think and let them lead the conversation.


Lead by example

Kids are like sponges, they absorb everything happening around them. One of the best ways to demonstrate the importance of keeping active to your little ones is to keep active yourself. Dust off your tennis racket or join the after-work football team! Not only will your enthusiasm and willingness to try new things inspire your child, but you’ll soon be reaping the benefits of keeping active too!


Pair them up with a friend or sibling

Trying something new can be scary for anyone, but especially for children! Doing an activity with a sibling or friend who they know and trust can help boost their confidence and add some familiarity to an unfamiliar situation. It’s also a great way for them to build their bonds and make new friends.

Take an interest in their newfound passion

Build your connection with your little one by showing that you care about their interests. Make lasting memories by playing or even watching their favourite sport together. With the Paris Olympics coming up this summer, now’s a great time to sit down and watch the top athletes in their field wow audiences across the globe. Even better, take your children to see their favourite sport live! Watching the best of the best compete can be incredibly inspiring for your little one to go out and get involved in their sport.

Be encouraging and supportive

Ultimately, your child will get the most out of their new favourite activity when they feel supported. Show up to their swimming gala, football match or gymnastics display and cheer them on! Even when things don’t go to plan, tell them how proud you are of their efforts and how pleased you are that they’re having fun.


As parents and carers, we play a vital role in fostering our children's love for sports and physical activity. By allowing them to choose their own path, leading by example, providing opportunities for social engagement, taking a genuine interest in their pursuits, and offering unwavering support, we can empower them to explore new horizons with confidence. 

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