“The kids are already there.
They are getting better.”
This is a common refrain in the field of sports, with the most recent example coming from the American College of Sports Medicine’s report on football in the United States.
The report found that, between 2014 and 2020, the number of youth football players increased by 50 percent in the U.S. and Canada, with almost half of all new footballers becoming American.
This trend is only expected to continue.
The U.K. government has also been slow to adapt to the game’s growing popularity, and the average age of first-time players has risen, making it easier for younger players to join.
But that isn’t stopping some parents from taking up the cause, as evidenced by this petition that has gathered more than 13,000 signatures in less than a week.
“There is a growing body of evidence that football is good for our children and young people and can be beneficial in terms of academic performance, social development and sports participation,” the petition reads.
“This is particularly true for children and their young people who are more likely to have a greater likelihood of having a sport at some point in their lives.”
The petition, which asks for parents to sign the petition, is now in the hands of the U,N.
Committee on Sport in Sport, which is the main body of U.N. experts tasked with addressing the global sport’s challenges.
The committee is tasked with developing a plan to address youth sport’s growing social and economic impact.
The campaign was started in July and has garnered more than 2,600 signatures.
However, it has so far attracted only a handful of responses, including from a couple of organizations that have no interest in tackling the issue directly.
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHSSA) and the National Federation for the Blind (NFBS) have both declined to comment on the campaign, but in a statement to the Daily Dot, the NFHSSA stated that the group had not been involved with the petition and the NFBS would not take any action on it.
“We support all forms of sports that are in the best interest of our children, our communities and our nation,” the NFSHSA stated.
“But we also recognise that there is a need to ensure that our sports are safe for our young people.
We believe that our sport is a safe environment for children to play.”
The NCSHSA’s statement goes on to note that the organization does not endorse any specific team or individual, but “recognizes that sport can be a safe space for children, and we are committed to helping the game thrive in every way.”
“We know there are many good reasons for youth sport and we also understand that some kids may find it difficult to find a team or find the right team to join,” the statement continues.
“However, we are also aware that it is vital for our sport to be safe, welcoming and inclusive for all participants.”
The group of organizations, along with the NFTSA, also believes that the game should be promoted to kids in the home, as it can help to build confidence and lead to positive social and physical development.
“The key to a healthy and happy childhood is to encourage healthy relationships and social skills and, as such, we support all sports that offer an opportunity to grow the social skills necessary for a safe and healthy childhood,” the NCSHSAs statement concludes.
“As we know, many children are drawn to sports because of the positive impact it can have on them.”
The National Sports Foundation, which has no affiliation with the NCHSSA, is similarly silent on the petition.
“Sport is a great way to develop social and athletic skills for kids and young adults, and there are no statistics available to support the claim that there are positive health impacts from the game,” the foundation stated in a spokesperson’s statement.
“Our primary goal is to support youth sports and help them to flourish.”