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.”