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‘As well as building social skills and honing communication skills, team sports can dismantle cultural barriers, help build self-esteem and establish accountability, explains Shameema Yousuf, a sports psychology consultant and founder of Empower2Perform.’
“Individuals develop a sense of belonging by participating in team sports,” says Yousuf. “It also allows individuals to socialise and build camaraderie with others that they may compete against in other circumstances. These essential life lessons enable juniors in particular to prosper in all environments as they learn that a competitor is not necessarily your foe.”