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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!
This blog aims to look into the best philosophies and methods for creating a "Beyond the Best" football coaching approach.  Taking tips from the Dutch, Brazilians and the Spanish as well as acknowledging child enagagement levels and passion for sport.
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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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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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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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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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No Need to Park the Bus in Kids Football

No Need to Park the Bus in Kids Football
At risk of sounding like a disgruntled Liverpool fan (this may be slightly true), I'd like to take a minute to focus on the "parking of the bus" tactics that saw Chelsea run out of Anfield with a 2-0 victory last weekend.  Many claimed that Brendan Rodgers and his young Liverpool team were given a "tactical masterclass" by Joe Mourinho's outfit.  Now before we go any further, I am no hypocrite.  I remember many a time under the tenure of Rafa Benitez and even as recently as Kenny Dalglish where Liverpool were set up to "not get beaten" opposed to try to win the game.  Indeed, there is a time and a place for these sorts of tactics and the Premier League - with all of the financial ramifications for finishing near the summit - is exactly where one would expect to see them.  However, where does this "win at all costs" mentality reach its limit?  I would argue, in the kids football clubs.  Too often we see parents on the sidelines at football matches, urg...
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The Importance of Skills in Kids Football Clubs

The Importance of Skills in Kids Football Clubs
While there is some merit in the long-ball by the defender,  up to the big striker, who chests the ball off to his partner, the modern game has changed somewhat.  In reminiscing while watching the Premiership years of 15 years ago, I have fond memories of a long ball over the top picking out Michael Owen, before he raced through and slotted home.  Indeed, there is a time and a place for "direct" football. This time and place however, is not at grass-roots level kids football clubs, where children need to be encouraged to explore their creative sides.  Being a full back is not the same as it was 20 years ago.  They have become more pivotal to the best team's game plans - charging down the flanks, whipping in crosses and most importantly - showcasing some intricate skills along the way.  Take a look at Everton's Seamus Coleman at the weekend - he was under pressure from Arsenal's Santi Cazorla on the right wing and looked like he was heading nowhere. ...
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Kids Football Coaching - Why Competition is Healthy for Your Child

Kids Football Coaching - Why Competition is Healthy for Your Child
Competition is a complex thing for anyone to get their head around in the football coaching world. There is a fine line between having a healthy competitive streak that drives you on to want to achieve more, and taking things too far in becoming someone who has to turn everything into a competition and always wants to win. This can be difficult for children especially to understand and so some parents may feel that it’s better to shield their kids from competition until they are old enough to understand it. However, there are many reasons why competition can actually aid in the development of a child and cause them to excel in a variety of ways. Introducing a degree of competitiveness into their lives from an early age may be just what they need to help them succeed. It Increases The Chance Of Success In the right environment, competition in football coaching has been proven to encourage children to perform better than they would have done without it. This is due to many different re...
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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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