5 years to 7 years
Here we experience a rapid development in skills and maturity of the children as sports players and team members. They get to combine and hone their skills in exciting games and activities that help them to develop their touch, sense of space, movement and their positions on the pitch. They learn to defend, to attack, pass and move.
Dribbling skills with the injection of the Dutch Coever methods for emulating football superstars and the moves that have made them great are introduced. The roll backs, back heals and drag backs are all actively encouraged as kids continue the fun games while participating in high skill development sessions. Children are actively encouraged to run with the ball, while also receiving coaching on close passing movements. The team sense of bonding and working together is emphasized at this stage as we emulate the philosophies of the Spanish, Dutch and Brazilian methods.
All of our games with S4K Strikers are framed in a way that develops confidence by beginning with zero stress learning – where Strikers are encouraged to learn at their own pace before stress is gradually introduced across a period of four weeks. The games are fun for the Strikers, but teach basic footballing principles such as control of the ball as well as the “Look, Pass & Move” mantra of the successful Liverpool teams of the 70s and 80s. All of our games at this age are “non-tackling” and thus skill enhancing – allowing the development of vision and spatial awareness that other football clubs do not teach.
Within Strikers classes, our coaches focus not only on teaching children how to perform a skill, but also to put that into the context of small sided games where they get lots of touches, involvement, running and competing with each other and in teams. The use of small sided games has been shown to allow children of all abilities to increase their confidence and develop their skills through a greater number of touches of the ball. Everything is done with the ball and always fun, while we hold skill development and dreams of the agenda.
Strikers enjoy a series of exercises’ and other activities that use creative play, familiar games to build comfort and confidence, visual skill and team participation to engage the interest of the child and develop maximum enjoyment from being part of the group.