Coaching children of the ages 4 – 6 years has become an increasing focus for both the FA and grass roots clubs. Many clubs are now in pursuit of a new approach & model to improve opportunities for children.
I have personally supported many clubs over the years as a consultant to help implement new infrastructure and development policy. As clubs have become more professionalised in line with FA expectations and growth of mini soccer within the UK, the framework and methodology of introducing children within foundation as evolved. It is common knowledge that a coach can have the most significant impact with a child’s development at the younger years, referred to as ‘the golden years’ by the FA.
We believe it is crucially important to implement a professionalised model at the early years entry level as these are the key ages and future life blood of clubs. The method of coaching, experience of working with young children, getting the environment appropriately designed, and the balance of activities are key.
I have set out some general recommendations about ‘how to approach’ professional training models for children aged 4 – years.
The 2nd part of my blog will consider some tips for coaches and parents when working with younger children.
Simplified method & objectives
We are passionate and motivated to making the difference, and allowing all children to be the best they can be in their chosen sport. We value the importance of providing enriched opportunities that inspire and motivate both boys and girls, providing both intermediate & advanced learners pathways into broader participation, club or academy environments and future employability.
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