To be British, in some people eyes, is to have the ability to laugh in the face of adversity and to crave disappointment! This has created a national tendency to root for the underdog, regardless of the situation. At times we even celebrate poor performance - I think we are the only country in the world that has a prize, albeit a wooden spoon, for last place! Whether it is a burning desire to see success degenerate into failure, or whether it is purely wanting the less triumphant to achieve, either way it is a notable feature of English society.
Blackpool FC for example recently managed to achieve a four - nil thrashing of the well-established Premier league team Wigan FC. This was after having been relegation favourites last season. Whilst there’s no doubt that this is a fantastic start to the season for newly promoted Blackpool, unfortunately the club from the coast now face Arsenal in their toughest test as a club so far. You can guarantee the neutrals amongst the crowd will be willing on Blackpool to unsettle what could be title contenders this season. Having met Ian Holloway at a recent event, he said to me “we have certainly bitten off more than we can chew, but don’t you worry, we will be chewing fast”. What an admirable attitude, and a great example of British spirit: giving it a go even when it appears the odds are stacked against you - not being scared of failure but being prepared just to have a crack at it.
The willingness to encourage whose who are less able, to achieve great things, can also be found at Little Kickers classes. At Little Kickers we promote a very level playing field; we believe that every child deserves the same attention from our brilliant qualified coaches regardless of their ability levels. We encourage children who are less able to improve at their own pace, and continue to help those who seem to have a greater natural ability. This promotes a healthy atmosphere within our classes where nobody will ever feel isolated.
I am not denying that I won’t be quietly willing on Blackpool to do well this year. The beauty of Football is that it is eleven versus eleven, and so many variables lead to the eventual outcome of the game. Even if a team falls at the last hurdle and comes second or last, as a spectator, at least you can say you enjoyed the ride!