Sports are a great pastime to get your kids into, at any age. Regardless of whether your children are active, getting them involved will have some benefits. We all know, of course, that encouraging exercise is a very kind thing to do for your children. But there is more to it than that. Getting your kids involved in competitive sports is a fantastic way of introducing them to certain life truths. The fact is, the younger you start this, the better. One sure way to make sure that this happens is to start your sports day event. It could be a great way for all the families in your neighbourhood to get together for the day. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the essential aspects involved in organising such an event.
Choose a Location
The site of the event is probably one of the most important aspects. With that in mind, it is important that you get it right. In an ideal world, you will be able to find somewhere that is both convenient for all and of a relatively good size. Some obvious places to look are in public parks and other areas which you might be able to rent out. If possible, try to go for somewhere which is equidistant from the majority of people’s homes. That way, you are less likely to upset anyone or make anyone feel unwelcome. Only after you have found a decent location can you start to organise your event properly.
Think About Prizes
You have a few different options when it comes to prizes. Either you can set it up so that the winners win something for their families, or you can just give out trophies and medals. If you go for the latter, be sure also to hand out prizes for the second and third place in all the events. It might also be a good idea to organise for a ‘good sportsmanship’ badge for any runners-up. It is perfectly healthy to have a competitive element to all the games. Just ensure that it is clear that the day is not all about winning. You could even have one or two games which are more light-hearted in the middle of the others. That way, none of the children are likely to get too concerned with who wins and who loses.
Pick The Games
How many games you will have depends on the size of the event, of course, and how many people you expect to attend. However, it is worth some careful consideration before the day itself. It is partly because you will need to gather together the necessary equipment, but it’s also a matter of planning out the day. Ideally, you should aim for a couple of solid hours of actual gameplay, with some time in between for socialising. Remember to keep it relatively light in intensity, but not to have too much downtime. Get this balance right, and you are looking at a lucky day.