"Look what I can do now!"
Time to practise on becoming a pro.
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For children aged 9 & 10
What children can do

At this age children have much greater stamina and better balance, coordination and reaction skills. They know their left from their right and are able to react faster and master complicated sequences.

Over to you
Focus on individual strengths – if a child isn’t interested in team sports help develop other talents or go for individual sports such as gymnastics, ballet or swimming.
Create an active routine – encourage children to walk or cycle to school and help with physical tasks at home.

Here's how

  • Get a few children together and play a game of tagby (a junior form of touch rugby).
  • Play short tennis or mini-tennis (played with a lowered net, using short, lightweight rackets and a soft foam ball).
  • Play middle man: three children stand in a line and while the two on the outside throw the ball to each other the one in the middle tries to catch it. If he succeeds the one who threw the ball becomes the new ‘‘middle man’’.
 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
"Sign me up!" for 11 and 12 year olds

Which sport does your children enjoy most?

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