If you’re looking to keep your kids active and healthy over the school break, sports camp is a great solution for the summer camp 2022 experience. Here’s why you’ll want to check out UFIT’s rugby and tennis camps, and its multi-sport summer camp for teens and kids – plus, a great, limited-time discount for Expat Living readers that you won’t want to miss!
Summer camp 2022: Why choose a sports camp?
While a sports camp can certainly help your kids improve their sports skills, the benefits go far beyond learning to dribble a ball. It’s actually an opportunity for your children to grow socially, physically and cognitively, too. Here are five ways your child can benefit from enrolling in a summer camp with sports activities.
#1 It’s an opportunity for kids to unplug – and exercise!
Summer camp is a great opportunity for kids to ditch their screens and get outdoors! Not only does it get them out of the house to have some fun, but it also gets them moving; and that, of course, is key to both their physical and mental health.
Trading their technology for physical activity and team sports will also set the scene for friendship-building, and real-life interaction with kids outside of their school circles.
#2 Builds social skills – and friendships
Making new friends and socialising is, of course, one of the greatest benefits of summer camp for teens and kids. Not only do children develop key life skills through socialising – for example, sharing and decision-making – but they also get to flex their interpersonal skills and develop self-awareness.
What’s more, summer camp friendships can be extra special. Many adults – myself included! – count some of our best memories at camp, and have kept in touch with fellow campers over the years.
#3 Encourages teamwork skills
Sports camp is a great place for developing teamwork skills. These are important in all aspects of life, from school and extracurricular activities to college and the workplace. Learning how to support and rely on others, and the value of working as a team to succeed, lets kids feel that they are an essential piece in the larger puzzle; this invaluable lesson can’t be taught – it must be learnt.
#4 Builds confidence and independence
Summer camp is a great opportunity for kids to try new things and face various challenges without their parents present. This, in turn, can help build their independence and self-esteem, both of which can translate into other areas of life. For example, you might find your child is more confident in school sports after summertime; or you may notice they have an increased willingness to try new activities down the track.
#5 It’s fun and engaging for children of all ages
Of course, all these life skills can be developed best in a fun and enjoyable setting. Not only does research suggest that kids learn best when they’re engaged and having fun, but studies have also shown that kids learn most efficiently when they’re moving their bodies!
Sports camp is therefore a great way to ensure that kids are actively learning and having fun at the same time.
UFIT’s summer camps for teens and kids
Looking for your child to reap all the benefits of summer camp and hone their sports skills? UFIT has three different summer sports camps to choose from, including:
Rugby camp for older kids and teens
Held at Tanglin Rugby Club, UFIT’s Rugby Camp is for nine-to-15-year-olds who want to hone their skills and have fun. Taught by Chris Hodges, former Exeter Chiefs Coach, the five-day camp (Monday, 27 June to Friday, 1 July) is designed to develop your child’s rugby skills, knowledge and understanding of the game using a fun, play-based approach; campers also learn how to use psychological skills to enhance their game.
Tennis camps for kids and teens
Held at Savitar Tennis Centre (Fairmont Hotel), UFIT’s Tennis Camp provides professional tennis instruction by expert tennis coaches, and is designed to teach children new skills, improve on the strengths of their game and compete in match play. Running from Monday, June 20 through Friday, 22 July, each five-day session (three hours per day) is open to children aged four to 15-years-old.
Multi-sport summer camp for teens and kids
Located at Tanglin Rugby Club, UFIT’s Sports For Life summer camp teaches children the benefits of a healthy body and mind, and helps ignite their passion for sports in a fun, safe and supportive setting.
Each camp day is designed to keep kids interested and engaged through sports such as rugby, football, cricket, lacrosse, dodgeball and archery; they’ll also play fun games like Capture the Flag and water balloon fights. Kids are split into age-specific groups so that they can socialise, play and compete with children their own age.
UFIT’s Sports For Life camp runs weekdays from 20 June to 22 July, and is open to children aged four to 15. Children from seven to 15 can enjoy camp every day from 9am to 12pm; for children aged four to six, it’s every day from 9 to 10.30am. Find out more at ufit.com.sg/sports-for-life-program.
For this Summer Camp 2022 Expat Living readers can enjoy a 20-percent discount on UFIT’s Sports For Life multi-sport, rugby and tennis camps with the code, “EXPATLIVING20.” But, hurry! The offer is valid until Sunday, 12 June.
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