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Child and adolescent psychotherapist Dr Colman Noctor says when you ask a child what the number one reason for dropping out of sport is, the answer is that it all got too serious

Child and adolescent psychotherapist Dr Colman Noctor says when you ask a child what the number one reason for dropping out of sport is, the answer is that it all got too serious

Child and adolescent psychotherapist Dr Colman Noctor says when you ask a child what the number one reason for dropping out of sport is, the answer is that it all got too serious

Dressed in their club’s racing vests, the seven and eight-year-olds crowded around their coach. It was clear they adored him.

What he said next was novel, exceptional even, in an era of increasing competition in kids’ sports. He simply told them to enjoy themselves.


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