With people such as Mile Jedinak, Mark Schwartzer and Chris Herd all plying their trade in the English Premier League, it’s fair to say that Australian soccer is in good shape. It isn’t just the men either. The FIFA Women’s World Cup will take centre stage in Canada in June this year and the Australian women’s team (The Matildas) are looking to go one better than their quarter final finish last time round. It’s no wonder then that many kids are turning to soccer as a sport. Apart from being great fun and a good way to keep active, soccer training for kids has some other great advantages too. Let’s take a closer look at some of them…
It’s not gender based
Years ago you would have expected a lot more boys to take up the sport than girls, but now that’s totally changed. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics over 83,000 girls aged between 5 and 14 play soccer on a regular basis and this figure is growing year upon year.
It’s a safe sport
Unlike Aussie Rules or rugby, soccer is a minimal contact sport and is therefore safer for young children to play at an early age. As it’s based on skill rather than on physical strength, it’s the ideal sport for young kids who are in important stages of their physical development.
Promotes important social skills
Soccer is a great way for a child to to learn important social skills such as interaction, communication, and leadership. As it’s a multi-cultural game that’s played all over the world it also teaches kids about the acceptance of others from different backgrounds. Clearly all of these are important factors which any child can take with them into adulthood.
Builds self-esteem and confidence
If the game is played under the guidance of the right coach or coaching team they have the ability to build up a child’s confidence levels and self-esteem from an early age.
As you can see, soccer for kids isn’t just about keeping active and having fun, although clearly that’s a big part of it. It’s also about developing as an individual and obtaining the necessary social skills that they can take forwards into later life.
If your child has a love of soccer or you feel that it’s a great way that they can make new friends while having bags of fun then why not enrol in one of our soccer programs? With no registration fees and a team of highly-experienced and fully-licensed coaches behind us, at Galaxy Soccer we make it very easy for your child to discover a whole new world or sporting enjoyment. Contact us on 07 31 776 775 to find out more.