Seven reasons for playing team sport

PUBLISHED: 12:28 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:28 29 August 2018

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Winscombe Ladies Rugby Club has come up with seven amazing reasons to play a team sport.

There are seven amazing reasons for playing a team sport which can benefit everyone’s mental health.

Those for whom sport isn’t ‘a thing’ might like to have a look at these benefits. Heading into the cooler months is a good time to think about avoiding the winter blues and maintaining the positive vibes the summer gives us. Playing a team sport could significantly change your life.

1. Sport improves your mood. “Oh, look at this website mummy. There’s a sale on trainers. You should get some,” plead my cheeky children. Husband nods quietly in the background. I noticed that.

2. Sport improves your concentration. All those pages read without consuming a single sentence. Listening without hearing a single word.

3. Sport reduces stress and depression. It stimulates the production of endorphins. Those words alone make me feel good.

4. Sport improves sleep habits. Oh fluff up my pillow and turn back the sheets, I’m coming to bed for a whole night of sleep.

5. Sports help maintain a healthy weight. I think we all know about this one.

6. Sports boost your self-confidence. Well I guess if I look good, feel happy, have slept away the bags from under my eyes and my endorphins are stimulated I probably will feel pretty good about myself.

7. Sport helps develop leadership qualities. Training, playing and socialising with teammates helps adopt a team mindset in the workplace and social situations. It helps us work together towards a common goal. Perhaps a new role or a promotion isn’t so far out of reach.

These seem like pretty good reasons to think about taking up a team sport. The ladies at Winscombe Rugby Club had a chat about why they decided to play rugby and how the seven health benefits relate to their rugby experience.

“Being a full-time working mum of two young boys I relish the set time each week where I can switch off from work and mummy duties and have some ‘me time’. It definitely does improve my mood.” Charlie, business director.

“Thirty years ago I was told I was a lost cause for ball sports so I have never played in a team. Learning new skills, like how to catch the ball (occasionally) has been a great confidence boost.” Liz, veterinarian.

“Rugby has been an amazing stress reliever for me. The contact element is a great outlet for stress, the endorphins released during training and matches really lift your mood and there’s lots of fun with teammates in the clubhouse afterwards.” Olivia, site manager.

“Rugby gives me something to look forward to outside of family commitments. Knowing I’m going to see lots of happy faces makes me happy.” Kim, PA.

“I have a stressful job and family members with health needs which impacts upon my own mood and stress levels. Rugby has given me a great network of friends and a sense of community and support. It has a very positive impact on my own mental health.” Suzy, health visitor.

“My own self-doubt through school always limited my sport. Rugby was about challenging that mindset as an adult. Now here I am having fun, making friends and loving rugby.” Elaine, nurse.

Winscombe Ladies Rugby invite new players to join them and benefit like they have from joining a team sport. Training is on Wednesday nights from 7-8.30pm at Winscombe RFC.You will learn new skills, make new friends and become physically and mentally stronger.

For more details email wincombeladiesrugbyteam@gmail.com or text 07859 908667.

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