Friday, 9 April 2010

“It’s the taking part that counts!”

I hope you are all having a cracking time on your long awaited Easter break; I was incredibly egg-cited to have a few days off and loved soaking up the unexpected sun. Its funny how many people call in sick from work when the sun comes out, and if you are currently nursing the “flu” with a crisp cider in your short shorts then shame on you!

I do have a slight confession, on April 1st we released a blog upon the website saying that I would be unavailable for the coming weeks as I was busy rehearsing for the X Factor finals. Thank you for all your messages of support, including cousins that had even heard me in a karaoke competition…despite having the voice of an angel (hells angel), I am not in the finals of the X Factor, it was an April Fools.

I usually try and pick a topic that is currently in the news to talk about, and it’s hard to overlook the confusing nature of the election. Having tried to work out who is telling the truth, who’s wrong, who is right, and whose ideas make the most sense(!) I am fast approaching a voting technique that my mother uses to pick horses at the races, the funny sounding name, or the “Irishy sounding one.”

Along with the hysteria and confusion surrounding the election comes a big sporting weekend. With the Masters drawing to a close, will Tiger Woods come back with a bang? The Premiership has a set of exciting fixtures and with the season coming to the end points on the board is even more valuable. Also Wembley is playing host to the much loved FA Cup semi finals. And the magic and lottery of the Grand National. I have always followed the Grand National, the one day of the year where I think it is viewed as acceptable to have a little flutter.

With such great sporting occasions taking place, each individual team, player, coach or manager will want to be at their best. Of course winning is a great moment, and as I have previously stated in a previous blog, winning should be celebrated in style. Even more importantly, though, we do our utmost to make sure our children at Little Kickers, are enjoying every moment of simply playing and taking part. The old adage of ‘it’s the taking part that counts’ is usually uttered by a supportive mum after a disappointing defeat in a final, and mum is right!

Although it is disappointing to be on the losing side, positives can and should be taken purely form the experience. This is why at Little Kickers we aim to aid child development by getting the best out of our kids. Not only by improving their football skills, but also teaching them discipline, behaviour, socialising and other great attributes that build up our fantastic children’s personalities. We try and encourage our Little Kickers to improve every week, our coaches follow a program where sessions add progression steadily to aid improvement.

I have the luxury, in my role as Director of Coaching for Little Kickers, to go round and view a lot of the sessions we run around the country. My job is made even more enjoyable by being able to return to the same class, and see how the children have progressed. I am regularly stunned at the growth a lot of the kids achieve, both in Football terms and also in personality. The shy kids become more confident, the louder kids have learnt to listen, and the kid that was scared of kicking the football is now unstoppable!

If you are an existing member of Little Kickers then you will have your own tale of how your child has developed. And if you are not a member yet, why not consider giving your child the opportunity to learn, develop and make friends in this exciting arena that is Little Kickers?

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