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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!
Steve is a passionate innovator in children's learning, parental advice in sport and a co-founder of Sport4Kids.  He has vast experience playing and coaching across a number of sports, is married to Olga and is a father to a son DR (6 years old) and daughter JJ (5 years old). Being a passionate Everton supporter he is a follower of the "School of Science" and the coaching methods of Roberto Martinez. His boy hood heroes were Alan Ball famous for running himself daft in the 1966 World Cup Final and Muhammad Ali "the greatest" boxer of all time.
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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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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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Our First Kids Football Match - Worried Parents

Our First Kids Football Match - Worried Parents
Today, we went to our very first kids football U7’s league match. The day started well, getting up at the rise, all excited, nerves and expectancy in the air.I have to admit I was fairly worried. We were worried parents. Would we go to the right place? Would we remember all the kit? Would everyone get there? Would we be on time? Would we get our team instructions right? Would the kids enjoy it?And of course the biggest worry of all – the parents … not really ours, but the oppositions. Would they be nice? Stories of parent bad behaviour is rampant all across the media, we all know that it is painted as the scourge of English football. Even Gary Lineker has had his say and fill of bad parent experiences. Having read all the reports we had images of parents shouting at the players, the referee and opposition players and parents.Tom Spring the Explorers U7’s Team Manager seemed a cracking chap on the phone, “it’s all about the kids enjoying themselves” he said. Being the first time our kid...
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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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Dance and Football Take to the Stage

Dance and Football Take to the Stage
Football is the inspiration behind one of the international dance shows at Lift next week by a troop of aspiring professional footballers from West Africa pulled together by a visionary choreographer Ahilan Ratnamohan. The Australian has been all around Europe playing in Sweden, Holland and Germany but has fallen in love with the rhythm and the ballet of football. His great idol is Johann Cruyff “The way he moves the ball and the way he creates angles with his body, its pure ballet” says Ratnamohan. There is a lovelly atmospheric compilation of the great Dutch master called The Art of Johann Cruyff. Try watching it without a tear of nostaligia in your eye. Ahilan has a vision of football as a dance and brings that to life with his productions on stage. His first was a 2009 fusion of football and dance called The Football Diaries. This week he brings his latest creation “Michael Essien – I want to play as you …” to Londons Lift festival. The dancers are not dancers by trade but as aspir...
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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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How to teach Football to Toddlers, Children and Older Kids in 10 easy steps?

How to teach Football to Toddlers, Children and Older Kids in 10 easy steps?
Hello, this article is for mums and dads wanting to teach their toddlers, children and older kids to play football from the start. You want them to have fun, keep up with their friends or even make the school football team? Right, so how do you to get your child game ready?  Here are our S4K Ten Easy Steps to Teaching Kids to Play Football.It does not matter whether this is for your newly walking toddler or rampaging kids or your traumatized teenagers wanting to make it with their friends at school, in the garden and in the park. Our ten steps has something for them all.1.       For absolute beginners and toddlers, first introduce them to the ball and share with them the fun of playing with and kicking the ball. For Toddlers we tell them that in football we only use our feet not our hands. This might need a little persistence and good humour. Hold your hands up and say "Do we use these in football?" or "What don’t we use in football?"&n...
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Childrens Football Is Not Racist

Childrens Football Is Not Racist
In a week when Dani Alves, the great Brazilian right back, turns the tables on racist bullies, we ask why is children's football not racist and how can we keep it that way?Dany Alves playing for Barcelona versus Villa Real last Sunday was the victim of racist bullies who threw bananas at him as he was preparing to take a corner kick. Dani surprised everyone and turned the tables by picking up the banana and eating it in front of the crowd before taking the corner kick.It was a great way of responding and has brought widespread support and publicity in the media, social media and has been widely backed by fellow football stars and senior leadership of the beautiful game. I have always felt that reacting badly by getting upset or angry at the actions of racist bullies gives them what they want. They want a reaction, they want you to feel bad and they want you to take your mind off the game and help their own team. Dani didn't let them get the better of him and Barcelona from 2-...
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What are healthy eating habits for Childrens Football?

What are healthy eating habits for Childrens Football?
Kids football diets are often the topics of debate for busy parents asking themselves what stuff should we be feeding our children for football? Not only is it for nutritional purposes but also how do we get them off to good eating habits early in their lives.Honing skills getting tactically clued up is part of development but so is developing healthy eating habits. If our children develop a sense of healthy eating early in their development years it can pay dividends for a future healthy lifestyle in and out of their sporting careers.If we feed them with the wrong stuff then not only will their football suffer, so will our childrens physical development.So what foods should our budding Beckhams eat to aid their football development? With experts and government now saying that we should be moving more towards 7 portions of fruit and veg per day from their traditional 5-a-day recommendation, food and how we re-fuel is crucial to how we bring up our children and create the best of habits...
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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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Child Obesity - Activity Classes are the Best Defence

Child Obesity - Activity Classes are the Best Defence
There have been so many studies and scare stories around the growing child obesity problem that they often get lost amongst stories. What is even more perplexing is that these studies and journo alarmists often use them as a pre-cursor to attacking junk food, or TV dinners, computer obsessed gaming teenagers, the large restaurant chains and those naughty supermarkets. Too much is made of finger pointing and what is wrong with society and not enough on what is the right thing to do as individuals. The greatest weapon against obesity is getting our kids active. Child activity classes is a great way to initiate their love of  excercise. To get them into activities and sports that burn off all their excess calories. Healthy, lung busting, chasing each other in the field and around playgrounds, gardens and even in the street! Organized healthy sport is a great foundation for a healthy life. It all starts with us as toddlers and our early steps in life. The more active we can make...
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Kids Football Coaching Sleeping on the job?

Kids Football Coaching Sleeping on the job?
Is Roberto Martinez Football Coaching Players as they Sleep? Roberto Martinez the innovative Everton manager that espouses all things Spanish, skills, premier league competition and total dedication to development of the individual - has shared his latest ideas - sleeping on the job. Yes sleeping on the Job! I had to rub my eyes to believe this story – but there is method in his latest visionary "madness". Roberto explains his latest plans at Everton "We have different projects – one is the bedrooms, one is the new pitches, one is for the youth to have digs. Asked why he wants players sleeping at Finch Farm, Martínez said: "Because you can work longer with younger players especially, any player under 24, needs to have the right balance of training and recovery. The moment you lose a player to injury and he has to go home to recover and come back, it makes it impossible to get two sessions in, if you want to invest in youngsters. "The 10,000 hours rule [the supposed time required ...
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Beyond World Class Kids Football Coaching?

Welcome to my first posting in a Football Coaching Blog that we are calling The Football Edge. In a season that “The Special One” declares he is better than ever and is actually “The Happy One!” I hope this blog helps encourage some special moments and a lot of happy one’s for you and your child.We are dedicating this blog to our young footballers and their parents to help them get the most form their football journey. We want to engage your help to create the best possible start for our kids and youth in playing, watching and coaching football  - so please feel free to ask questions, share insights and make suggestions for us all to benefit. No one has the complete monopoly on insights and wisdom – not even The Special One! So do get involved ...To kick off I wanted to share some of the key principles of what we mean by going beyond the best and how at Sport4Kids we believe in creating fun and helping our little ones achieve their dreams.What is Beyond the Best Football Coaching?...Football Coaching 2
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Kids Football Coaching

Kids Football Coaching
The Soccer Edge - The Best Kids Football Coaching  Lets have more fun with child centric coaching? Welcome!  At S4K we all have a passion for child development, sports and football coaching. Fun is the name of the game whilst building confidence and skills in our young ones. This Blog is designed to share all that is good for our children including the best insights and coaching techniques from around the world. In our Blog we will be sharing insights, views, research and tips for all kids sports development. It is all about having fun times with your own child keeping up with ideas and things that can help along the way. We will address some of the parents concerns and topical issues, so let us know your thoughts and get involved in the debate. Why not join us in a mission to create the best possible start for our young footballers anywhere? We will strive to give you “The Football Edge.” We will also keep up with Soccer’s world events as they hap...
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