Developing kids into confident players, without adult pressure

It's easy to learn, it's fun and it works

As parents, we want our children to do well in life, and of course, it’s no different when they play soccer. I think we can agree… it’s better if they’re successful and enjoy playing… right?

In my experience, there are two main reasons why kids leave soccer after getting started. They are:

  • Kids get a terrible start. It could be shyness, less experienced, or lack of confidence getting in the way. Whatever the cause, being behind the 8-ball, from the start, means less success, less enjoyment, and ultimately, leaving before they can reap the benefits.
  • Next is a lack of progress and success compared to their peers. This is probably the biggest reason why kids leave before high school and decide to try something else.

I’ve seen this happen all too often and tackling these two significant issues was the motivation behind establishing Kids Football Club in 2007.

To combat these issues and to help kids succeed needed a completely new approach and a development program that gave kids a feeling of success.

We started off by eliminating many of the negative aspects of junior soccer. We also make a big deal of helping kids to ‘fit in’ right from the start. The sooner kids become actively engaged, the sooner they start enjoying themselves. This extra care to make kids feel comfortable, right at the beginning, works wonders.

Next , we provide an energetic program full of opportunities and possibilities. This was a little difficult at first until we cracked the code of why most kids don’t progress in their first few years.

What we found, is today’s kids have less coordination, athleticism and movement skills compared to kids even a decade ago. This is mostly a consequence of our modern life, with computers, TV and kids being driven everywhere. Sport used to be a default activity for kids, but sadly that’s not the case today.

Many kids, just aren’t ready to jump in and be successful at soccer. With less coordination and athleticism, it’s too easy to develop compensatory actions that produce poor playing habits. All this at a time, when kids are supposed to be forming the foundation of their sporting potential. Left unchecked and uncorrected, these poor habits lead to frustrating progress and less enjoyment.

If you’d like to know more about our program and how we addressed the challenges and solved the development problem…