Children should take part in multiple sports, says researcher
Kids between the ages of six and 12 should not spend too much time on one sport, according to a researcher at UGent. Multiple activities lead to a better development of motor skills
Should children take part in a variety of physical activities rather than concentrating on just one sport?
Government’s Multimove programme on target
Fransen recommends that children between the ages of six and 12 learn skills like climbing, rolling, running and catching. “Too many young children now focus on one sport that they like,” said Fransen. “This early choice results in a narrow movement repertoire, making it harder to successfully master other sport skills.”
The research confirms the necessity of Flemish initiatives like Multimove, a collaborative project between Flemish minister of sport, Philippe Muyters, the sport sector and different universities. Launched in 2011, Multimove stimulates the motor development of children between three and eight years old through a programme of varied activities. Multimove is made up of 104 pilot projects in 75 sport clubs and 29 municipalities – reaching almost 5,000 children.