I am by no means a sports fan, and if I never attended a sporting event in my life I would not feel deprived. However, as a wife, mother and now grandmother I have found myself involved in watching sport while others participate.
I have been involved in several country cricket teams, and I would encourage all families to join and take part in their events. The pressure to win is not so great as some metropolitan teams, often because there are not so many players to call on and any that are put off means fewer players available each week. The club usually organises other events through the season such as family barbecues, pie nights and parties for the kids.
Currently, we are involved in Morwell Cricket Club, as both my grandsons (whom I live with) have joined the junior teams - one in the under 12's and one in Milo Cricket - aimed at the littler players. The cost for each boy is $30 for the season, which includes insurance, Milo gear for the little ones, coaching and use of the club equipment.
Both boys played last year and enjoyed it very much, and were looking forward to the start of the new season. We were waiting for a notice in the school newsletter, but the President of the club came by our house and invited each of them to return and gave them all the enollment details. Both boys were extremely pleased to see him, especially the older boy who is sometimes a little shy.
As our kids are rather sedentary, preferring to read or use the computer than run around, I am really glad to take them to the practice and match meetings - they gain sporting skills, sportsmanship and friendship in a safe, protected environment. And for little cost.