Thursday, 6 January 2011

Welcome to 2011!

2010 has finally come to an end, and what a rollercoaster year it was! Sport was at the forefront of entertainment with the World Cup earlier this summer, and Wimbledon again took centre stage. Both, to be frank, were disappointments! The Ashes have been retained and, at the time of writing, it appears as though we can beat the Aussies, which is a fantastic achievement!

So what will 2011 bring? The build up to the Olympics will likely be the key topic of conversation in the sporting world. We’ve now entered the year of the Rabbit, which according to the Chinese Zodiac is the luckiest year, and I’m hopeful it will yield some sporting luck! Hopefully some of that luck will also be directed towards the economy, which has been in such appalling shape for the last few years and austerity measures to try to remedy the situation have hit the sporting world hard in the UK.

A New Year usually comes hand-in-hand with resolutions, and promises to oneself - to improve your life or the lives of those who surround you. Admittedly, you and I both know that a day into the New Year, having promised yourself that you will eat healthily, you will be tucking into your Chinese takeaway. New Years resolutions often do not work for one reason or another; however, it shouldn’t take a New Year to prompt you to take steps to improve your lifestyle.

As adults (I use that term loosely!) we are constantly encouraging our children to become better, willing them to have the constant desire to increase their own motivation and to achieve greater things. Yet, we fall short of it ourselves year after year. At Little Kickers, from session to session we aim to improve many different aspects of children’s lives; our carefully planned sessions include progressions that challenge the children both mentally and physically. The reason why adults’ resolutions never appear to work is because they are usually not enjoyable, or involve people making a great sacrifice. Children, however, improve their skills at our classes successfully because they are enjoying themselves.

When thinking about this, I set myself a challenge that would both benefit me and be enjoyable. I decided that by the end of the year I will have a basic understanding and knowledge of sign language. This is something that I have always wanted to do, and I think that I would find real enjoyment in learning.

I would be interested to hear what your New Years resolutions are; why not leave a comment and let me know. Best of luck with them!

Here’s to a successful 2011.

2 comments:

  1. Lynne (Mum to Elena and Little Kickers Coach, Northampton)1 February 2011 at 15:28

    Whilst waiting outside ballet last week to collect my 3 & half year old, I too pondered my life - already I am just a taxi driver. She is having all the fun - football, ballet, kids play centres. I mainly just drive her there and pay for it. So I am determined to get outside with my daughter, jump in puddles, climb trees (ish), walk the dog. All in a bid to move away from my computer, abandon the car, and have some fun. Bring on the fresh air !!

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  2. Fantastic. Thanks Lynne.

    Good luck with your new year plan!

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