Organising sport events for kids in primary school is a great way to motivate them to exercise, while also giving them an opportunity to have fun. Competitions can be organised in many different fields; the only thing you should think about when choosing what type of competition to create is that everybody should be able to participate. But when it comes to competition, especially kids tend to focus on the prize given to the person who wins. When deciding on what price you should award the kids with, there are a few things you can think about.
Awards for participation
With young children, competitions are more about having fun than actually winning. Therefore, you should consider ordering enough trophies for everyone, as an award for participation. To not belittle the victory of the winning team or person, the participation trophies should be smaller than the winning trophy.
Trophies for outstanding achievements
To further motivate the participants, and not just the winners, you could have trophies also for certain achievements. If you’re having a football tournament, for example, you could award a trophy to the person scoring the first goal, or to award the most successful goalkeeper. This could be a great motivation for the individual player to encourage them to keep playing, even if they don’t win.
Organising an annual event
If you’re planning to organise a reoccurring event, you should order the trophies or medals in bulk. A reoccurring event that happens annually can give the children something to look forward to. If you order enough prizes to last you a couple of years, you could also get quite a lot of discount on your purchase, rather than buying all the trophies separately.
Deciding on material and design
The material of the prizes is important. Nickel allergies are not uncommon among younger children. Even for the children that aren’t allergic, it could irritate their skin if they need to hold on to an object with high levels of nickel in the material. It’s not a very good idea to go to the other side of the spectrum either. Using too high class materials for your sporting trophies can be quite expensive and an unnecessary cost as the competition is essentially just a game. Sturdy plastic trophies with a layer of metallic foil to make them shine might be enough. When designing the trophies you should also put a mark on them so that the winners remember what they represent. The name of the achievement, the year, and possibly the logo of your school can be incorporated into your trophies to give them a custom made look.
For more information and options, talk with trophy companies, like Scotia Engraving.