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Share your tips on encouraging your children to learn new skills with the England and Wales Cricket Board - £300 voucher to be won! NOW CLOSED

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EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Apr-17 08:26:25

As we know, children are constantly acquiring new skills and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are now launching their All Stars Cricket initiative, to ensure that children are learning sport and social skills across the UK. To help celebrate this, they’d love to hear your tips on how you encourage your DCs to always be learning new skills.

Here’s what the ECB have to say: ‘All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged 5 to 8 with a great first experience in cricket. The programme is delivered across England and Wales at over 1,500 fully accredited All Stars Cricket centres. It is a fun and active way to develop your child’s skills, and through our 8-week programme they will learn lots – as well as make new friends – in a safe and inclusive environment. All girls and boys are welcome, and each registered child will receive a pack of cricket goodies including a cricket bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap to keep so that they can continue their love of cricket when they go home.’

So how do you inspire your DC to start learning a new skill, and make sure they persevere and don’t give up? Do you make sure your kids join teams and group activities where they can be motivated by their peers? Or maybe they’re encouraged to keep trying by you always making sure to attend their events and competitions?

Whatever your techniques for making your kids feel like they can do anything if they keep practicing, share them with ECB in the thread below for your chance to win a £300 voucher of your choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck,


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sharond101 Mon 03-Apr-17 12:50:52

We do groups and clubs which interest the clubs. Watch games on TV and practice at home. No pushing them but gentle encouragement and praise.

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Mon 03-Apr-17 14:45:04

Why push new skills? If you're active and happy with what you do, fine. Otherwise, well just try it and see.

And as far as competitions, gradings and exams are concerned, I don't push them at all. They have enough of that at school. Hobbies are for pleasure, not pressure.

So my dc try new skills because I facilitate them but do not push them.

NerrSnerr Mon 03-Apr-17 14:47:40

We have a 2 year old and she loves playing ball. She particularly likes throwing and catching. We spend hours playing with different sized balls and she loves it. Maybe she's a future England cricket star?

cowgirlsareforever Mon 03-Apr-17 15:12:19

I think it's a tragedy for children that sport is taken far too seriously at a very young age. The England and Wales Cricket Board should be ashamed that they allow counties to select county players aged 10. It's nothing more than a charter for pushy parents and coaches, it messes with childrens' mental health and does nothing to help children love the game and develop their skills. No wonder the game of cricket is dying on it's backside in many areas of the UK.

HermanCakeDestroyer Mon 03-Apr-17 15:41:35

My dcs used to do an after school club at primary school which used to introduce them to different sports. Each half term they would change the sport so that the children got to try lots of sports out to see which ones they enjoyed.

georgedawes Mon 03-Apr-17 16:16:38

We always try to reward and praise the effort, rather than winning etc (whether it's at school or playing sports). Also I think it's really important not to always let your children win whether you're playing a board game or tennis or whatever...I don't mean be ''competitive mum" and beat them continuously, but learning to lose well is a skill we all need to learn at some point. Especially if you want to play competitive sports! And it's definitely not the easiest thing to learn, so practicsing at home helps, particularly if you are a good role model (we've spent a lot of time doing this in the last year!!!)

southernsun Mon 03-Apr-17 16:19:58

This time last year I started working out to lose some weight and tone up, our eldest son started to ask questions about what I was doing and showing an interest so I started to show him and explain what the different exercises were doing and getting him involved. Although he is too young to lift weights he still has a go with a couple of tins of beans or with the body weight exercises. Hopefully it will form a basis for him being active and healthy as he grows up and his body develops.

Ganne1 Mon 03-Apr-17 16:23:05

One children was self-motivated to walk and act like adults, the other was similarly self-motivated to learn reading and educational skills. Well, he had no need to walk, as his older sister would get everyhting he wanted for him. But maybe we were lucky. But we always tried to join in with any educational work they were doing.

CMOTDibbler Mon 03-Apr-17 16:24:59

We're all about trying new stuff - open days, festivals, fetes etc are all great for giving things a go with no pressure.

hiddenmichelle Mon 03-Apr-17 16:25:41

I simply encourage them to do what they enjoy and make an effort to be interested and available to them if they need my help. No point in pushing them into things that they don't enjoy, but very much worth helping them reach their goals when it is their choice.

maryandbuzz1 Mon 03-Apr-17 16:36:38

My son didn't take much encouragement to join clubs. He was always quite eager to be part of a team and enjoyed sports. We always supported and praised him which helped build his confidence.
We encouraged friendships within the team and invited them over to socialise with him. Having man of the match was always an incentive for him.

theresamustgo Mon 03-Apr-17 16:37:50

Lots of encouragement, no pressure, keep it fun and give lots of stories about things I and DP tried for the first time.

ThemisA Mon 03-Apr-17 16:38:59

It is all too easy to forget how hard it is to learn something new, particularly if you are not a natural and yet we expect our children to regularly put themselves forward to try and inevitably fail in the beginning. The best thing is to try something new yourself or to use your non dominant hand or foot and let your child see you struggle and try again. I don't agree with pushing children, particularly if they do not have a natural aptitude. Some children are better competing against themselves whereas others like and need competition. Each child needs a different approach.

VilootShesCute Mon 03-Apr-17 16:39:53

Ds has inherited his love of cricket from his father. He plays EVERY week and I can only put this down to the amazing local team volunteering their time. I think learning new skills comes easier with enthusiastic teachers who are willing to give to children because their love of it rubs off on the pupils. Same goes for school though.

moosexxx Mon 03-Apr-17 16:40:10

They need to have a genuine interest in the subject/activity first. Without that they will never continue with it.
If they do have that interest, then you need to ensure that they are always able to attend that club/activity and have the correct kit/instruments to perform.
Then you need to take an interest in what your child is doing, and praise and encourage them so that they feel that they are progressing and that you recognise this and are impressed and pleased with them, for what they are achieving.

glenka Mon 03-Apr-17 17:06:31

We try to encourage a broad range of activities but we will never make them do something if they don't want to.

jacqui5366 Mon 03-Apr-17 17:12:33

I am so pleased that my son's school ran the 'chance to shine' cricket scheme, and I go to all his matches. He was so lucky to be selected for a trip to Lords. As he has had lots of encouragement, had his 'whites' with the school logo on he really felt like he was in 'the club' it is important to keep the interest over the year, and when things don't go to plan don't push them to keep on going when they don't want to go. We missed a couple of times, did not make a fuss, and he quickly went back to it, and enjoys the sport even more. When it comes to presentation night, a medal for being part of the team makes a little boy as proud as punch.

andywedge Mon 03-Apr-17 17:14:40

If they are interested in something we research it so they know exactly what to expect from it

glennamy Mon 03-Apr-17 17:19:00

I encourage 1st born DD to kick a football around every time we were in the garden, making it fun with feigning injury etc, we also played badminton and cricket from a very young age... just light encouragement, letting them win sometimes smile and making it fun is the best thing to do IMO.

gd2011 Mon 03-Apr-17 17:19:44

Don't be a pushy parent - wait for them to ask you if they want to get involved in a new sport or activity.

IonaAilidh11 Mon 03-Apr-17 17:19:48

we joined after school clubs, dancing and football when they were young and enjoyed the fun side so didnt notice they were learning all still attend clubs

UpOnDown Mon 03-Apr-17 17:36:30

I tell them what I'm doing/changing, so they get this role modelled at home as well as school and clubs

beckyinman Mon 03-Apr-17 17:37:21

My little one is really keen on all athletics disciplines - I keep telling him the 1,000 hours theory. He's convinced he can be the next Usain Bolt if he starts practicing now! I hope it works - I'll be put in a nice nursing home

cowgirlsareforever Mon 03-Apr-17 17:48:55

I hate to tell you beckyinman* that it's actually 10000 hours that your dc needs to do. It's probably a sound theory but if I had a pound for every miserable child I've seen being forced to slog their guts out because a parent has read about the 10,000 hour theory, I could join you in that nice nursing home.

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