Well what are the benefits of cricket to our younger generation? Why should cricket be chosen by children ahead of say, footbal or Rugby? I will attempt in this article to put my arguments forward as to why cricket is the obvious choice. I am perfectly aware you may well disagree with me. I have broken my argument for cricket, into three different sections.
Firstly we have to look at how well behaved cricket players and fans tend to be. There is an enormous amount of self control, good sportsmanship and all round good behaviour when it comes to a cricket match, in the UK anyway. Would we not like to get our children involved in a game that respects its opposition, and can win and lose well, with good grace? The sight of gentle applause from fans, rather than mindless, angry shouting from supporters, can make cricket a much nicer sport to go and watch with the children, in cintrast to something like football.
Secondly, and importantly cricket is a great way to exercise. To train yourself to have a good bowling arm takes dedication and plenty of gym. A cricket player must also be able to run well. Running is important as a batsman, and also fielding. Fielders must chase those shots to hopefully stop a four or a six. A good throwing arm to get the ball back towards the wickets, by the fielder, is also something that has to be trained for. A player bowling and batting in the same day will have worked very hard through that game and more than likely be very drained physically. As child obesity creeps up in number, a game that isn't maybe obviously over exerting, could attract children who will be exercising in less obvious ways than rugby or football may encourage.
Lastly, and importantly, as with any sport, the feeling of being part of a team, and building friendships is massively important. Every cricket club I have ever been part of has worked hard making an amazing atmosphere where making good friends, and supporting each other is heavily encouraged. It is important for our children to be part of groups and organisations that build positive relationships with team mates. Cricket does this, in my opinion, more than other sports that tend to encourage a more polarising atmosphere. All sports can encourage team work and good friendships, I just think cricket does it better.
These reasons are my main focus for why cricket is of high value for our children. Exercise that is managed by people encouraging good sportsmanship and also self disciplin is something cricket does in spades. The fact you can also take pleasure in watching a game with supporters who are not there to merely shout rudely at all and sundry, can only be helpful in encouraging the child to watch it and get involved.