Helping kids to get active

 

Stu Ford

Web Copy Producer, Sports, johnlewis.com

 

We all know how important it is to get kids into sport, whether it’s an hour of tennis after school, or a seven-a-side football match at the weekend. Along with the obvious health benefits, sport can also boost self-esteem, social interaction, team work and friendship. Add to this the logical advantages such as problem solving and coping skills and it’s plain to see we should be doing everything we can to get them going.

With a children’s sportswear range that’s constantly growing, it’s now easier than ever to kit them out with clothing and equipment that’s built to help them learn and develop.

Tennis
Let’s start from the feet up. On court it’s important to maintain a good level of grip, whatever surface they play on, be it grass, astro turf or the most accessible, cement. Nike’s Citycourt 7 trainers -available in boys and girls designs - provide the perfect amount of grip with their chunky, non-marking sole. Running from the baseline to the net is easy and comfortable thanks to strategically placed overlays to keep the ankle from rolling, while the full-length phylon midsoles provide super lightweight cushioning.

Challenging for points, rally after rally can be exhausting so it’s important your clothing works with you, not against you. For girls, Adidas’ Response Fit tank top uses the brand’s CLIMALITE technology to wick moisture away from the skin to speed up its evaporation, leaving them to focus on their game in cool comfort. For boys, there’s the chance to kit themselves out like a pro with the Barricade T-shirt - the shirt Andy Murray wore in this year’s Australian Open - benefitting from the same CLIMALITE technology.

Swimming
Learning to swim not only helps to keep kids safe, but being such an excellent cardiovascular workout, it can also improve strength and stamina as well as promoting heart and lung health.

With regards to what to wear, for boys there’s Speedo’s Aqua swim shorts that provide a more streamlined approach, allowing them to cut through the water with ease. If something a little looser is required, head for the brand’s Leisure Water Shorts.

Girls can add a splash of colour in seconds with the Medalist swimsuit. Available in four different shades, it’s designed with a crossover strap detail to keep them extra comfortable, whether it’s for class or competition.

Football
There’s one name that’s sure to be dominating the world of playground football: Lionel Messi. The Argentinean magician is one of the hottest properties in world football and has teamed up with Adidas to create the Messi range. The pick of the range has to be the football strip style T-shirt, featuring the famous number 10 and Messi name on the reverse; allowing them to dribble past defenders in the style of their footballing hero.

While perplexing defenders with their skills, it’s important to stay safe so get them kitted out with shin guards to protect against clumsy tackles.

Cricket
Whether they’re off to score match-winning runs or rip the stumps out the ground with a mean swinging bowl, our cricket assortment offers up everything they need to enjoy a fine innings.

If they fancy themselves at the crease, they’ll need to be kitted out from head to toe in protective clothing. Gray-Nicolls, one of the biggest names in the game, offer the Warrior helmet with an adjustable strap to make sure they’re comfortable as well secure.

Cricket trousers like Gray-Nicolls’ Matrix design are true classics. Made from 100% polyester, they feature the brand’s logo embroidered on the right thigh and have the traditional crease down the centre of each leg.

Let’s set them up for a summer of sport and hope to see some stars of the future!