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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!

Why the path to football stardom is easier than ever for children to follow

Why the path to football stardom is easier than ever for children to follow
If you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, it's highly unlikely that they'll profess aspirations of middle management. Instead, they're likely to share their dreams of becoming the next Beyoncé, Steve Jobs or Ronaldo. The sky's the limit for many children and that's exactly where they're aiming.This leaves many parents with a dilemma over how much they should support these dreams, especially if a child shows particular promise in their interest — be that with skills on the football pitch, a keen technical eye or an impressive vocal range. On one hand you don't want to set them up for disappointment, but on the other you don't want to deny them the chance to achieve their dream.Of course, skill isn't always enough when breaking into the big time — luck and timing also play a large part in setting a child on the road to success. There's clearly a huge leap between local kids' football classes and the hallowed turf of Wembley — reasoning that can be hard to explain to a determined six-year-old. The good news for budding young footballers is the chance of being scouted from lower level clubs is greater than ever. Following the success of Jamie Vardy, who quickly rose through the ranks to the heady heights of the Premier League, it seems the opportunities for young talent to be scouted are becoming more prevalent.In a recent interview with sportswear supplier Kitlocker Tim Coe, chief scout at Crystal Palace, spoke of the importance of scouting at grassroots level:"We spend the vast majority of our time watching lower league and non-league football. There is a lot of talent and potential and there are a lot of examples of players who have risen through the levels to play at the highest level."Joe Purkiss, scout at Revo Sports Management, works with teams across the league and most recently scouted for Sheffield United's under-13s' youth team. Joe also told Kitlocker about the wealth of talent just waiting to be discovered in lower and non-league teams:"Sco...
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GIRLS’ GAMES – WHY FOOTBALL AND RUGBY ARE NOT JUST SPORTS FOR BOYS

Are girls restricted by other people's attitudes when it comes to choosing the sports they want to play? Discover why there's never been a better time for girls to choose football or rugby, and learn 11 ways to encourage your daughter to achieve her goals!It's been so exciting being involved in setting up new S4K classes in Twickenham and Hounslow, and ensuring that both boys and girls feel equally welcome. There are many different factors that affect children's choice of sport. I am especially keen that girls are given the opportunity to try out football and rugby, so they understand that girls can play these games just as well as the boys do.She's not scared – are you?My daughter came home from secondary school one day, excited to tell us she had been picked for the girl's rugby team! Admittedly she was already a good footballer, but the idea of her playing contact rugby was frightening. Visions of scrums and scary players immediately leapt to mind. However we were persuaded to let her play 'just this once,' bought her a gum-shield and of course she was perfectly fine. In fact we had to let her continue playing as her team kept on winning and made it all the way into the national finals.She was rightly proud and justified as we realised that our fear – not hers – was creating an unreasonable obstacle. Playing sport since she was tiny had given our daughter confidence in her body and her ability, as well as the determination and resilience that she needed to be fearless.Sport4Kids classes are ideal for getting girls into sport at an early age and building their confidence. With the assurance of a safe environment and using the Montessori philosophy of the 'prepared child' to encourage independent learning, even Tots from the age of 18 months can benefit from S4K football and rugby skills-building activities, progressing into Kickers or Cubs classes at 3-5 years old.Girls have an equal right to play sport – any sport.Imagine your little girl tells you t...
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Never Say Goodbye…

 We are sad to say goodbye today to 4 long-standing members at our Royal Holloway kids football classes in Egham. The Rice family, who have been with us since 2014, are heading back overseas to the USA to start a new chapter in their lives.We wish Jackson, Liam & Audrey (who have been with us for over 3 years), all the very best in the US, and hope they continue to grow and develop into lovely young people. Coach Dray, Development Centre Lead Coach said "It's been a pleasure watching the Rices develop their skills, but it's also been a privilege to know such unique, funny, clever people that I will miss dearly!".The Rice family mum, Sonja, said "I stayed relatively dry-eyed yesterday, but now you've gone and done it! sniff sniff. Jackson, Liam, Audrey, Mark and I will miss S4K and the terrific coaches, like you, Dray. Thanks for teaching our littles so many skills and for making them love football even more!"Dray and his team are also sad to be losing Otis from the S4K Kickers age group, who they have had the pleasure of teaching since he was a toddler.Dray said "He is the only child who I will forever remember as having a nap in the middle of one of my classes.I do hope that wasn't a reflection of my coaching!"."Never say goodbye, because goodbye means going away, and going away meets forgetting." - Peter PanWe wish our families all the best and hope to see them soon!
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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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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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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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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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Don't Coach Kids Football Too Early?

Don't Coach Kids Football Too Early?
On reading a headline in the Telegraph a few weeks ago, I stumbled across the headline and a story from Graham Taylor (ex-Watford and England manager).  The headline read "Don't coach kids too early, warns Graham Taylor remembering his school sport days".  Now, being the co-founder of Sport4Kids, who provide sports classes for children from the age of 18 months, I couldn't help but feel naturally intrigued by Graham's viewpoint.  On reading the article, the headline was somewhat misleading.  What Graham had actually said was that he felt that kids should enjoy football and sport by playing it "off the cuff" rather than in a structured coaching environment.  They should be allowed to find their own love for the game and develop a passion from there.  Completely agree Graham - too much regiment and too many rules at a young age can drain all of the fun out of sport for children - but there is a happy medium. Teaching children and toddlers foot...
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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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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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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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Kids Football Coaching in Sri Lanka - Smiles All Around!

Kids Football Coaching in Sri Lanka - Smiles All Around!
You will all best know me as Coach Charlotte, and having worked as an Assistant Coach at Sport4Kids for just shy of 2 years, I am sure I have met many of you, especially those in the Windsor area and at St John Beaumont School. Those that know me may have also realized that I have been absent from coaching our kids football classes this summer as I have been volunteering abroad in Sri Lanka. As a Psychology undergraduate this largely involved work in mental health facilities and special needs projects, however I also took over a football program at a local community school. Football coaching in Sri Lanka was a far cry from my experiences at Sport4Kids. At Sport4Kids we are lucky enough to have the most fantastic facilities and equipment (despite Coach Adam always getting his dirty) although before I went I would never have considered having a ball each a considerable luxury. In Sri Lanka, I was coaching a group of around 40 children with 3 balls and about 6 pairs of shoes bet...
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Why is sport important for children's development?

Why is sport important for children's development?
Getting Kids Involved in Sports Research has shown that sports contribute to the psychological well-being of all by reducing anxiety and enhancing self-esteem. Therefore it is no surprise that they are recommended as a positive addition to a child’s development. Why are they Important? By participating in sports activities in general, children’s social skills are likely to come alive as it is a fantastic facilitator to promote social interaction, cooperation, teamwork and friendship. Research has also shown how sports can improve problem solving skills, build self-discipline, respect for authority and team-mates, trust, leadership and coping skills. Confidence is a huge factor for children and participation in sports will only assist the development of character. Children with enhanced self esteem will inevitably be more comfortable in their own skin and therefore be well placed to proceed well in their early school and social lives.   Keys to Positive Development When choosin...
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