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Keep safe and practise, practise, practise.
For children aged 11 & 12
This is perhaps the most critical period as almost all children are exposed to structured sports at this age. It can make or break the experience for them for the rest of their life.

Some kids have developed ball skills by now while others may still be struggling. If your child isn’t good at ball skills suggest sports other than cricket, rugby, soccer or netball.

What children can do
They enjoy the challenge of learning more complex physical skills and start to understand how to use basic rules and tactics in competitive games.

Over to you
Make sure your child wears the correct sports safety equipment such as shin pads for hockey or cricket.

Here's how
  • Play cricket with kids in the neighbourhood. Give each child a turn to bat and bowl.
  • Teach them a junior version of basketball, starting with basics such as catching, throwing, bouncing and scoring.
  • Encourage the whole family to take part in table tennis.
Read more in this series:
"Play with me!" for two year olds
"I can do this ball thing" for 3 and 4 year olds
"Look! I caught it!" for 5 and 6 year olds
"Watch me go!" for 7 and 8 year olds
"Look what I can do now!" for 9 and 10 year olds

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