We have been thinking about life skills that can be learned from playing football. Football has been a big part of our family life for many years. When I was younger, I remember going on a school trip to France, while my brother went on a school football tour to Blackpool. He has always been a brilliant footballer and has played just about every week since he was about five years old. We always used to watch him play in football tournaments in our local area. I think we were out most weekends to take him to football training and to football matches. It was always very chilly as a spectator but we went to support him each time, without fail.
Life Skills that can be Learned from Playing Football
Playing football can teach children many useful life skills. Here are some examples of life skills that can be learned from playing football:
Being a team player.
Being a part of a team and working together to achieve the same thing is an important aspect of playing football. Players hope to score goals and win, while stopping the other team from scoring. It is great to work towards a common cause.
Planning and strategy.
Discussing the formation of the team with their manager, as well as the particular strategies they will use during a match is a useful skill to have.
Listening to instructions and acting upon them.
During training, it is important that they listen to what they need to do. The players need to act sensibly and help each other so that all of the team members improve.
Making new friends.
My brother made many friends from going to football training, matches, tournaments and on school football tours.
Commitment and perseverance.
All the players are required to attend training sessions each week. They are expected to attend matches and tournaments too. I think this is a good way to help children to decide on something that they want to do and stick with it, overcoming barriers as they meet them.
Responsibility and accepting responsibility for their actions.
If a child fouls another player, the referee will give them a red or yellow card. If their emotions get the better of them, they are told that it is not acceptable to act that way and the consequences are immediate with the card system. Also, one player is team captain for each match. This gives them the responsibility of helping to lead their team.
Understanding that to be good at something, you need to practice.
Can you do 100 keepy-uppies? Neither could my brother until he practiced. Now he can do many more.
Sharing a big win with your football team after playing in a game or tournament is amazing. Your whole team can celebrate together. You are able to offer your sympathies to the team that lost. Shaking hands and thanking opposing team members for a good game shows a great amount of respect.
How to calm an emotional team member.
Football can be a very emotive sport. Spectators and team players can get very upset about certain decisions during the football games. Knowing that one particular child is often prone to feeling angry when they are frustrated at themselves for not scoring, what would have been, an important goal, is a good thing to be aware of. Knowing how to calm this team mate shows that emotional intelligence is an important skill to be able to practice.
Travelling to different places.
Some children only have the opportunity to stay within their own locality for much of their childhood. Going on school football tours and taking part in matches as well as tournaments in different areas of the UK and abroad, helps them to understand that their world is bigger than they had previously thought. These are the main life skills that can be learned from playing football. Going on a school football tour can support all of these skills.
School Football Tours
It is a great idea to go on a school football tour, if possible. They offer many wonderful destinations, including Holland, Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic. With some transportation included, as well as accommodation, coaching and the chance to play friendly games against local school teams or clubs, in addition to a tour of the destination chosen makes these trips extra special. Some of these tours include involvement in a European football tournament for children. I think these tours sound perfect for any child that is interested in playing football.