However, when you add in the responsibility of entertaining kids, if you have them, then suddenly productivity goes out the window!
Although we are getting closer and closer to the winter months the sun is still shining, and this is the best time to get the kids out into the fresh air for a bit of fun. Rugby, cricket, or soccer - whatever your choice of sport, here are some tips for setting up your backyard sports field not just for now but for the whole year round.
Firstly, how much space do you have and how creative you can be ?
Do you have a big back garden with high fencing around the perimeter, a smaller courtyard area or a space that is shared with other neighbours?
If space isn't an issues you could dedicate a section of it to your sports field. Maybe there is enough room for a scaled down Cricket Pitch or Rugby Field If your space is smaller, then you will need to consider designing an area that can be used for more than one purpose, or can be removed or covered up all together. You could set up a mini putting green, horseshoe pit or maybe Bowls green.
Are you planning for the longterm?
Playground equipment is perfect for younger children in the short term, and there are many kiwi gardens out there that have a trampoline but does your plan work well in the long run to keep teenagers occupied with positive activities at home. If you are going to the trouble of creating a fun and sports or play space, consider how that space could be transformed over the years to continue to meet your family’s changing needs and not just for the next couple of months.
Is your equipment portable or permanent?
They are less expensive and everything can be stored away when you're not using it and your garden can still be used as a functional space for other activities when your kids switch to a new favourite sport or outgrow their trampoline.
Whatever you decide to create, it is definitely worth thinking about what you will need and how to make it both a fun and safe area.
Consider the landscaping and if you will need to move or change any fencing or outdoor furniture to make space. You may want to get inventive and use astroturf or outdoor sports flooring to create an area that is safe and allows you and your kids to enjoy their outdoor sports without worrying about wet grass, dirt or mud.
The only worry you'll have is loosing your cricket ball over the neighbours fence when you get that perfect hit!