The Kids Are Alright!

The waywardness and playfulness  of kids is an underestimated quality in a sport where the adult game with its rules,ideas,values and tactics is often forced upon them from a very young age.
KIDS NEED TO LEARN THE GAME AS KIDS.
They need to be allowed to make mistakes in an enviroment where there is no fear of failure.By being creative and solving problems themselves, kids learn responsibility  take risks and create new soloutions and  possibilities in already established patterns and enviroments.They learn to wait for the right moment to grab the oppurtunity to express themselves and invent something new and personal. Incredible moments of skill ,vision and technique are developed ,not because they have been told how but because they have never been told that they can’t.
Kids create their own street stoires where legends and myths are shaped beyond the traditional adult world,a world they are often forced to inhabit.
I will leave you with some quotes from Manchester United academy coach Tom Statham.
“We don’t need to complicate the young minds with too many obstacles but just let the kids play the game. (The game is the best teacher)”
“Leave your ego behind, chill out, back off and let the kids play.”
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7 thoughts on “The Kids Are Alright!

  1. COuldn’t agree more. Its terrible to see kids get upset at loosing a game at under 7 when they should be having fun. also terribel to see them play act like their fav stars. diving like drogba my son said to me. oh dear. the idea of adding art to footie is worth investigating

  2. […] A dictionary definition:An event that accomplishes its intended purpose. If you are a coach say of an age group somewhere between 6-12 ,what is your intended purpose? Many  who are  coaching these age groups are living within a narrow defination of success that only includes winning. This can lead to an ego orientated climate that is typified by many professional coaches that work within the adult realm-winning at all costs.Again adult assumptions imposed on kids. Success should be seen journey without an ultimate pinnacle but one that has many peaks.Even failures and mistakes should be seen as ways to success when working with this age group.At different periods of your coaching life as with different periods in a players career,success is and will be defined differently.But it is extremely important that the coach gets it right from the start.Kids need to learn the game as kids. […]

  3. […] Success should be seen journey without an ultimate pinnacle but one that has many peaks. Even failures and mistakes should be seen as ways to success when working with this age group. At different periods of your coaching life as with different periods in a player’s career, success is and will be defined differently. But it is extremely important that the coach gets it right from the start. Kids need to learn the game as kids. […]

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