Lace up your shoes, pull up socks and put on the jersey, it’s time to play some Football. A physically demanding game, Football is one of the most rewarding sports a child can play. It provides an opportunity for little players to improve their speed, promptness, strength, hand-eye coordination and overall endurance. It also helps children become accustomed to working with others, a vital asset they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Introducing Football at an early age is the perfect way to ignite enthusiasm for the sport that will stay with them for life. It sparks enough interest and curiosity to keep them going in the game.The object of this sport for this age group is to help them develop key social skills like sharing, taking turns and sportsmanship. They also learn to follow directions, although most of them may do the opposite. No matter how they perform, as long as they are having fun and feel like a small part of the larger whole, the attempt is worth it.
Benefits of Football for toddlers:
Improves Fitness Levels:Most ball games require kids to sprint, jog and run, up and down in the field. These activities help build endurance and fitness. The best health benefits of this game include stronger bones and muscles and reduced risk of obesity.
Builds Social Skills:Playing in a team develops a child’s ability to interact with other peers and counterparts. To win a game, the entire team coordinates and works together. Defensive positions holders support the midfield and offensive positions while attacking the opponents. These activities develop a child’s social abilities. Children who play soccer develop self-confidence and improved social skills.
Develops Good Self-Image: The game of football has an emphasis on the success of the team as a whole, rather than the success of individual players. Compared to other team sports as baseball, which involves batting or fielding alone, soccer encourages teamwork and communication, which allows a child to identify with team successes
Bright colours, interesting sounds and sweet fragrances, all these inspire our little one’s thoughts and feelings. These feelings happen to be the perfect way to engage our toddlers in the team game. A professional coach or a sports academy makes this sport interesting by offering friendly, pressure-free environment in a play-oriented yet structured format. Funny sounds and a lot of giggling makes a big difference in the toddler building positive association with the sport.
Repetition when combined with structure ensures effective learning.This helps in channelizing simple engagement in the sport into passion. Repeating the game over and over settles children into the structure and routine, improve their confidence and attention, develop their basic motor skills and basic football techniques. As long as the little one is happy and interested in the game, they are engaged and gradually the passion for sport will develop.
At every stage, a little improvement with lot of motivation, applauds and cheer gives lot of encouragement to your little one. A beaming well done will go a million miles to build their confidence and zeal for this beautiful game. A continuous encouragement, positive environment and right approach will form a solid engagement for your toddlers and passion will follow gradually.
So dribble, pass and kick!!