Competitive sports help build character. If your child has good motor skills, you can expose him/her to various sports to gauge his interest and inclination. Once your child has shown interest in a particular sports, cultivate it and suss out community competitions to let your child experience competitions.
In competitive sports, your child will
- Learn to deal with defeat and victory with good sportsmanship and grace
- Develop perseverance in the face of defeat
- Develop mental focus
- Build resilience and develop self-motivation
These are values and soft skills that will take your child far in life. Besides, sports sound a lot more fun than academic pursuits. You can start off with finding the interest and natural inclination first.