How to Best Support Your Child’s Natural Interest in Football
If you’re wondering when to take your child to football training, the answer is the earlier the better.
Sadly, England lost to Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup 2018, forcing the nation to face up to the fact that it won’t be ‘coming home’ for at least another four years. But what Gareth Southgate has done as a manager has made us believe in our national side once more – after all, they’ve even broken the penalty shoot-out curse.
By investing in a young side, led by 24-year old Harry Kane as their captain, Southgate has made some brave decisions and shown that he has a vision for the future, in comparison to years of stale squad selections and long ball tactics of his predecessors. With the second youngest squad in the entire tournament, Southgate has demonstrated that it’s worth giving the next generation of players a chance. So, if you’re the parent of a budding football star, what do you need to know to give your child the best possible start in the sport?
What Age Should You Start Playing Football?
Introduction to football can begin as soon as your child is fully mobile. Kicking a ball around with family and friends is a fantastic way to foster an interest in the sport. Liselott Diem’s ‘Sports From Childhood’ states that “A human being will eventually be what his or her childhood has been” meaning that early years development is crucial because the motor skills that are picked up act as an enrichment of the person, as well as technically adapting to a particular sport. With this in mind, it would be ideal to introduce your child to football classes as soon as they show an interest.
SoccerDays Classes for Pre-schoolers to KS1
SoccerDays offer football classes for toddlers from the age of 2 up to age 7 in KS1. There are three levels of class to match the skillset and development of each age group.
- From age 2 to 3.5 years, children get used to the social side of playing football together, understanding the notion of acting as a team and of course becoming more confident with kicking and dribbling a ball.
- The class for 3.5 to 5 years has more focus on learning specific techniques, as well as developing better control when running with the ball or stopping it securely. Children spend time working on their striking and passing ability too.
- In the senior class, which is aimed at 5 to 7-year olds, the players work on a broader range of skills and are made more aware of the importance of positional play whilst understanding on-pitch strategies. Their natural concentration levels will increase, as they get the opportunity to play in small-sided games.
If you’re hoping that your boy or girl will become a future World Cup star, then introducing football into their lives as early as possible is a great plan, particularly as club scouts start snapping players up from the age of 6. Experts recommend that those with talent will require a prerequisite of 10,000 hours of practice to shine in their discipline, so get your child signed up to SoccerDays classes as soon as possible to give them the best start.
The specially designed fun football classes always engage and enable the children to have fun whilst learning new skills, this encourages children to want to play football more outside of SoccerDays at home or at school and naturally will improve further. Regular kickabouts in the garden are a great way to introduce children to playing sport outdoors, and are also a fantastic ways for parents to bond with their kids. Football also introduces children to teamwork and will boost their confidence and teaches them to socialise with other children outside of a school environment.