David Lynch is a trainer for 8 and 9 year olds at Stockholm club AIK
He sent me this, I think it is brilliant!!!
Advice to parents on how to raise young footballers.
1. Make them pack and prepare their own kit bag.
2. Always be in time for training.
3. Make them clean their boots
4. Make them put their dirty kit in the wash
5. Tell them to give 100% at training and matches.
6. If possible, walk or cycle to training
7. Teach them how to tie their shoe laces
8. Play football with them, where they want and when they want to
9. Make them wear kit until its falling apart. Then buy new kit.
10. Buy them new boots when they need them, not when they want them
11. Buy second-hand boots and save yourself a fortune
12. Teach them not to hate other teams.
13. Win or lose, love the game.
14. Respect teammates, the opposition, respect the ref, respect other team’s coaches. If you don’t teach them this, the coach will have to do it.
15. Let them dream that they can be a Lionel Messi, but don’t give them any expectations.
16. Blaming teammates, blaming the ref, blaming anything is out.
17. Let them play football at home with a tennis ball
18. Take them to football matches and let them watch the pros.
19. Tell them football is for fun. Training is for fun. If it isn’t fun for them, talk to the coach/club or move to another club
20. Watch football training videos on youtube and let them try out and perfect some of the moves.
21. Encourage them, support them, but never ever shout out instructions when they play on my team, or any team
22. Play other sports
23. If you are a football mum or dad, don’t try to train your kid. Take them out, ask what they want to do and let them do it.
24. Tell your kids that you love watching them play (thanks Mark O Sullivan)