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HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS INTO JUNIOR SPORT
How to get your kids into junior sportHow to get your kids into junior sportIf you want your kids to get off the couch and into playing sport, then it turns out you need to lead by example. New research has found kids whose parents are involved around a sporting club are almost twice as likely to play than children whose parents aren't involved at all. Photo: Active parents leads to active children, according to new research. (Supplied: Australian Sports Commission)The Australian Sports Commission has compiled the data as part of its push to get more kids up and about and playing organised sport. "Put simply, more active adults are more likely to have more active kids," ASC spokesman Paul Fairweather told News Breakfast. "I think probably most parents probably don't understand how important a role model they are. "What Aussie kids need are active, sporty parents." The ASC research found that 66 per cent of kids who had at least one parent playing a sport also participated themselves. But that number jumped to 89 per cent when the parent also volunteered around a sporting club. "You don't have to do much," Mr Fairweather said. "You could take a bigger role like be a coach, but you could cut up the oranges on the sideline, you can help manage the team, you can help with the uniforms. "There's not really that much you have to do, you just have to be involved with the club in some ways and the sports are there to help you with that." News Breakfast asked parents for their stories about getting involved, and it revealed the ASC's push was somewhat divisive. "My daughters were asked by a friend to come and play hockey. Then the parents of other team members asked me to play summer league ... My kids got me back into sport!" "Why can't we focus on just getting kids fit and healthy? Why does it always have to be about sport and competition?" "Parents (especially sole parents) who have long commutes to and from work are often too exhausted to engage in sport." "My husband used to train and play football four times a week. I played netball once a week. We both stopped soon after our second child. Five nights away from family is hardly healthy." "I was standing in bucketing rain as a goal umpire looking at parents who never chip in sitting in their cars reading the Saturday papers." The ASC has found sporting clubs are the most common way for school-aged children to be physically active outside of school. However, there is a sharp drop-off in participation after the age of 11. Photo: The ASC is focussing on why kids drop out of sport as they reach their teens. (Supplied: Australian Sports Commission)As far as the ASC is concerned, this is a big problem. "The physical literacy of our children is declining and that threatens to damage the physical and mental health of our future generations," ASC chief executive Kate Palmer said. "This data really highlights what important sporting role models parents are for their children." The findings form part of the latest AusPlay report from the ASC, which began research into sport in Australia after the Bureau of Statistics stopped collecting sport and recreation data in 2014. YouTube: Kids were asked who their sporting heroes are, and it's not the highly-paid professionalsThe latest release follows on from the ASC's recent "Sporting Heroes" campaign to highlight the impact parents had on their kids. The ASC will now turn its focus to looking at exactly how parents engage with their kids' sport and what impact this could have on participation.