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Sport4Kids Football Coaching, Child Development & Girls Football Blog!

We are passionate about everything to do with sport and child development. We have a number of authors who love nothing better than to post about their passions, thoughts and feelings around the sports that they love. Take a look at our posts below and remember to link in with your favourite authors via email and social media!
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The Day In The Life Of An Olympic Gymnast

The Olympic Games is bound to prove an inspiration to people right across the globe. Whether they’re aspiring athletes with an eye on Tokyo in 2020 or enthusiastic amateurs eager to push themselves to achieve their own potential, the action in Rio is sure to prove a big motivating factor as they hit the gym in the coming months.Yet what does it actually take to be an Olympian? And what lessons can we learn from the sacrifices that were made by the medal winners in Brazil?  The daily routine of a history making gold medal winner Luckily, we are able to see exactly what it takes to become a success on the biggest stage thanks to the insight of gymnast Gabby Douglas.  Douglas made history in Rio when, along with Aly Raisman, she became the first American to be part of two gold medal winning teams. Typically, this competitive sport sees athletes get just one shot at the Olympics so Douglas’ routine has been a crucial part in helping her to buck the trend.Before heading to Rio, Do...1369786725000 c03 gabby 21 1305282034 4 3
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How do the All Blacks Do It?

How do the All Blacks Do It?
The childrens rugby are considered the best Rugby team on the planet.  The best for rugby skills, the best for developing kids rugby and the best for creating a winning brand of international rugby. How do they build such a reputation and winning formula for rugby? I was once at a personal appearance of the great All Back captain Sean Fitzpatrick, I never forget what he said about one of their secrets of success was the All Black Shirt. He said "The power is in the shirt that is passed down from generation to generation of All Black. Each player takes the baton of honour embodied in the shirt they wear. They take that baton from previous greats and the senior players make sure the younger All Blacks know who wore that shirt and teach them to respect and follow the traditions. Each player is the custodian of the shirt and they try to pass it on with greater heritage than when they received it. "Our forefathers are with us when we put that shirt on and when anyone puts on tha...
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Was Cruyff An Inspiration For Childrens Football?

Was Cruyff An Inspiration For Childrens Football?
Cruyff died this week and the breaking news sent shivers down my spine. He has been my inspiration for decades. Taking his vision and passion for beautiful football can we use it to be an inspiration for the way we teach kids football?Kids play everywhere on the streets, in park, in the garden, in the hall way, on the drive and in the street. They think and emulate their heroes. When I was little a very young and impressionable 12 year old I saw the take-over of football thinking and beliefs by Cruyff. Total Football and that amazing Cruyff Turn transformed the way that people looked at football.I will never forget the moment my Co-Founder Dr Mark Gould phoned me up with the sad breaking news with the words "Your man has died". It brought so many conflicting thoughts and emotions. Yes saddened by the loss, the dire news. However it did bring shivers down my spine as I hurriedly turned on the TV to see all the mass coverage of this momentous event. Till his death he remained and st...
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Do You Have What It Takes To Teach? 10 Must Have Skills

Teaching, like sports coaching, is a rewarding profession that requires an all-round skill set. It’s about putting yourself in front of a class of pupils and inspiring them to develop and learn every single day. So, what specific skills do all teachers need? Here’s our guide to ten talents everyone needs in education...Handwriting: You need to set an example and your handwriting is an important part of that. Writing on the board needs to be clear – whatever age group you teach – and transmit the sort of standard you expect among your pupils. This is especially important in Early Years. Spelling and grammar: Similarly, you must make sure your spelling and grammar is watertight on displays and when marking – there’s nothing more embarrassing than misplacing a comma on a poster and having it pointed out by a pupil. Creativity: Teaching is about imparting your knowledge to pupils and that often means coming up with creative ways to capture the imagination. It’s about being able to take a...shutterstock 288242009 1
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10 Tips for the Perfect Children's Sports Party!

10 Tips for the Perfect Children's Sports Party!
10 Tips for the Perfect Children's Sports Party! Sports parties are one of the most popular ways to celebrate your child’s birthday!  From traditional games such as football and rugby to more unique offerings like scooter hockey and toddler activities, there is something to please everyone. Here are our 13 tips for parents who want to host the perfect sports party…   1.       Ensure the venue has enough space for the amount of children attending and the sports being played. Most games can be adapted to space to suit a standard size hall. 2.       Try and keep an area separate for parents that wish to stay. We are always happy for them to stay and watch but they can often increase the noise levels and reduce the space. 3.       Try and avoid too many obstacles in the immediate sports area. Things like chairs, ceiling supports and pianos in community halls can often be unwelcome ...
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Learning from Rugby League and Rugby Union to Design Kids Rugby Classes

Learning from Rugby League and Rugby Union to Design Kids Rugby Classes
Learning from Rugby League and Rugby Union to Design Kids Rugby Classes In teaching toddlers and young children rugby, what can we learn from the two different codes of Rugby? Is one more preferable to follow for designing kids rugby skills, games and rugby classes? According to perceived wisdom, rugby league trumps union every time for ball movement, catching, passing, faster, more creative running lines, more pressure on handling and as a result in the art of handling ball skills outstrips Rugby Union. So should that would be a good start for designing kids rugby classes? Union on the other hand has more set piece technical skills than League and has more diverse sets of skills and power, strength and more variation meaning that Union has more strategic decision making, more tactical nuances and is for the thinking rugby player. Arguments will abound which is tougher and more skillful but which is more relevant to teaching kids the rugby basics? Let's look at the foundations and his...
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10 Benefits of Toddler & Children's Dance Classes

10 Benefits of Toddler & Children's Dance Classes
Childhood obesity is still a growing issue in the UK and getting toddlers and kids into healthy habits from a young age is essential to improving the issue. Dance is a fantastic way to engage both boys and girls in having fun, learning new movements and skills, breaking into performance and building confidence. The benefits to health are both mental and physical and dance can even have a positive effect on life skills (being a smooth mover on the dance floor can’t be a bad thing…). Check out our 10 benefits of introducing your child to dance below…BENEFITS OF DANCE There are endless physical and mental benefits of participating in dance but here are 10 benefits of dancing with S4K: 1)      It’s Fun Dancing is so much fun, the children won’t even realise that they are exercising at the same time! Our session plans change every 4 weeks and they are always fun, energetic and framed around a children’s story, character, or programme to help engage the child...
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Building Confidence in Children Through Sport

Building Confidence in Children Through Sport
What is Self Confidence? Self confidence means having a realistic understanding of one’s own strengths and weaknesses. Building on existing self confidence means identifying areas that need to be worked on that may be lacking in some way. A child’s self-esteem is acquired, not inherited. In children, parents are the main source of a child’s self confidence and so it is really important that parents take a vested interest in their child’s behaviour from a very young age. Obviously parents have a huge influence over their children and so if a parent displays low self confidence themselves, this can have a bearing on a child’s behaviour and self esteem. That is not to say that being over confident or arrogant is the correct method. A happy medium must be achieved whereby the child can see that is ok to have certain weaknesses but it also ok to celebrate strengths.   Why is Self Confidence Important? So why is it important for a child to have self confidence, can it not be someth...
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Footballing Ability - Natural or Learned?

Footballing Ability - Natural or Learned?
One of the greatest myths of mankind revolves around whether ability is a gift of genetics or a learned blessing for those provided with the correct tools to succeed.  As a child footballer, I was never blessed with the natural athletisism of some of my peers, who would execute step overs and audacious tricks with confidence all over the pitch - but what was the main difference?  Well, I never tried the tricks... Children who believe that ability can be learned through practice tend to succeed in situations that are difficult.  On the flip side, children who feel that ability is natural, tend to give up easier or not attempt a harder task, for fear of losing their "gifted" status.  Now, I'm not claiming to have been "gifted", but what I am claiming is that it is easy for children to be put off practicing their skills, because they are a) scared of making a mistake and b) do not feel that they will ever reach the level of their peers. We need to make sure that we e...
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Teaching Children to Head the Football Safely

Teaching Children to Head the Football Safely
Sport4Kids - 15 Tips for Coaching Safe Heading for Kids FootballHeading the ball correctly is important for both fun and enjoyment but also for the safety of children and players as they develop. Safety is the key element and helping children to learn the proper way is crucial. Developing the right muscles and strength in their bodies and to get them to react well and prepare to head a ball is a key part of safe heading.  The key to the prevention of concussion in heading starts with teaching our kids the right way to head the ball when they are young. Here are some tips that all parents and wannabe coaches should read for helping our kids get the right start - teaching kids football the right way.  1.    Balloons & Head Tennis. Start them young with the concept of heading. In the safety of your own home get your children to play head tennis with a balloon. Starting with hitting the balloon in the air with their hands and then with their heads. Starting wi...
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How England can win the World Cup in 2030...

How England can win the World Cup in 2030...
So another World Cup has passed us by and once again, despite having no expectations, England have still managed to under-achieve.  The media who cried out for the inclusion of youth are starting the blame game of a lack of experience in the squad - where was Gareth Barry?  what about Michael Carrick?  Both players villanised as the "old era" of English football.  Had they been taken to the World Cup and England were knocked out at this stage, they would have been made the scapegoats.  Instead, we find the blame levied at the feet of Wayne Rooney, whom the media once again placed on the national pedestal, before snatching it from under him on the grounds that he did not "cover" Leighton Baines enough against Italy - despite playing in a less than favoured position on the left and covering more ground than any other England player on the night.  Oh and let's not forget Steven Gerrard - "captain fantastic" - who is now being pressured to retire following the...
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1982 - Coach Marcus'Panini World Cup Memory

1982 - Coach Marcus'Panini World Cup Memory
Mark’s recollections of the France 98 World Cup tournament struck a chord for a whole host of reasons. Being significantly older than the good Doctor I watched most of those games in my local, but his perceptions of that England team being seen through 11 year old eyes made my mind wander. Argentina 78 I remember bits of. Mostly the extraordinary scenes at the start of the final, tonnes of ticker tape descending from the skies onto the heads of the home team and their Dutch counterparts. But I was 6, the nuances of Argentina’s 3-1 victory lost on me. No, the World Cup that rocked my world, filled my Panini sticker album and convinced me that football meant a little bit more than just a pastime, was Spain 82. My mother is from Armagh, Northern Ireland, my father from Dublin. I favoured the southern side of the border, but at this point, the occasional flash of brilliance from Liam Brady aside, we were no great shakes internationally. But Northern Ireland had qualified, along with Engla...
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World Cup 1998 - My Panini Moment

World Cup 1998 - My Panini Moment
This year, the nice folks down at Panini have sponsored our S4K World Cup Tournament and supplied our children with sticker books and stickers so that they can engage with this summer's festivities and follow their favourite players.  As part of this sponsorship, we at S4K have been tasked with writing a blog entry on our first World Cup memory.  My first experience of the nationwide euphoria induced by England's participation in a summer tournament was in fact Euro '96, so by the time World Cup 1998 rolled around, I was a seasoned professional England spectator.  I remember the build-up well, my dad even took me to see Michael Owen make his debut against Chile and to me, Mr Owen was the man I idolised for the tournament - but would Glenn Hoddle pick him?  We had the young guns of Owen and Beckham pushing for starting places over the experience and aging legs of Sheringham and Anderton and the nation was pushing for change (much like this year...). The tournament st...
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Child-centric Learning - The S4K Way

Child-centric Learning - The S4K Way
In Victorian times, children were not viewed as developing human beings, but in fact as "little adults".  This meant that they were put to work in the same way that adults were and more importantly, there was an expectation that children possessed the same level of understanding as adults.  This idea may seem extremely far fetched and archaic, but it still happens today - particularly on the football pitch.When shouting the word "SHOOT!" at a child as they dribble towards goal, at what point does the coach ask themselves - does this child actually know what shoot means?  To us adult footballers, it is a given and sacred word that we have screamed from the terraces or (for most of us) at the television since we can remember.  But a child - well a child might not know what this means.  To take the discussion one step further, consider a child that is asked to stand beside and cone, paired with their friend, and told to kick the ball to their friend, but stay next...
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My Panini Jumpers For Goal Posts Moment

My Panini Jumpers For Goal Posts Moment
With the World Cup build up upon us and my children going mad for their Panini stickers it must be time for us all to reminisce about our first World Cup expereinces. My childhood memories of playing football with other kids in our street are as vivid and as real as if they happened yesterday.Memories of the World Cup take me back to the old Jimmy Hill phrase of "Jumpers for Goal Posts" (or was it The Fast Show?). Those were the days when we actually did take our jumpers off and put them in piles to make the goals. No cones or pop-up plastic goals with nets for us.Our jumpers, particularly in October and November, were the playing out ones. You know the ones that were made by a relative of some sort, a nan or a distant aunty were always good candidates. Or that one of mums that she presented to you after a failed knitting expedition. You will remember the homemade blue wool jumpers - heavy, long and saggy.These were the ones that after one w...
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Toddler Football - Engagement to Passion

Toddler Football - Engagement to Passion
As our England footballers begin to ramp up preparations for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, many of us are left to wonder – will we watch Steven Gerrard lift the trophy?  Will we get to see our young dynamos Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling in action?  Will Wayne Rooney sustain a freak injury that leaves our national media praying for a speedy recovery?  We are at an age in England where everybody expects – the media expects, the fans expect and even our politicians chime in with their two cents (well on the subject of football shirt prices…).  One thing that all of these individuals fail to look at is the role that toddler activity classes and toddler sports can have in shaping the next generation of sporting heroes. So why are children no longer as engaged in sport?  A lot of this comes down to the “Playstation” generation that we are all too aware of – children would rather sit on their iPad than kick a ball against a wall.  How do we beat this pro...
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Why Kids Love Sport

Why Kids Love Sport
Why is it that kids love sport so much? Because they do - we see it everywhere - My little ones love active sports, running around chasing each other, racing each other, making up games with their very own set of rules, picking up any old ball, bits of sticks and broken toys and creating their own new world. When children get to organised sports they are enthralled - but what is it about games and active sport Kids love? We all want our children to be active and to have fun, to help them with a foundation for a healthy life. So how can we help and recognise the things that encourage an active child hood and an active teen?  There are lots of views and opinions but one particular piece of research came to my notice recently.  Michigan State University embarked upon understanding this a little more and asked a group of girls and boys what their views were on sport and in particular why they got involved and why they play organised...
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Anatomy of a School Teacher

Anatomy of a School Teacher
  School teaching, where PE, Sports or classroom based is an extremely rewarding profession - but what does the anatomy of a school teacher look like? Provided by edustaff
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Eyes of a Parent Coach

Eyes of a Parent Coach
Often, parents will discuss their child’s lack of interest in Sport and question why, but struggle to understand the root cause. Children are now growing up in a digital age and are getting exposed to Tablets, Smart-Phones and Social Media which is unfortunately distracting them from Physical Education. Furthermore, the government recently announced some astounding statistics on the increase of child obesity in England and Wales which is largely contributed by children not attaining a correct diet. There is not an easy answer to overcome these challenges of growing up in 21st Century, but as a parent, a large percentage of this dis-engagement can be down to parental responsibility in combination with the learning environment that the children find themselves in. As a parent I was always keen on my kids getting involved in Sporting Activities, both at School and After School. One area that struck me whilst taking my kids to a Weekend Football session was the unfortunate lack of engagem...
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5 Perfect Father’s Day Presents for Sport Loving Dads

Father’s Day is approaching, but luckily for you, it’s still far enough away to ensure you have time to get your dad a really good present. If your old man is really into sport, you’re in luck: you have the golden ticket when it comes to present buying, knowing that a sports-themed gift is bound to put a smile on his face! What would we recommend? Well, any of these five perfect Father’s Day presents… 1. A sports membership Rather than buying him yet another sports-themed mug or t-shirt (come on, try harder!), why not get him a membership? If your dad likes to cycle, gift him a British Cycling Federation membership to earn him priority access to ticketed events, monthly emails, offers, interviews, discounts and more. You could also buy him a 12-month pass to his favourite football or rugby club, or even just pay his fee at the local gym for the next six months. Doubtless he’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness, and you’ll win bonus points for a gift that keeps giving long after Father’s D...shutterstock 140079610
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