A textbook explanation may be that playing soccer encourages children to learn social skills by training and playing soccer as a group and by striving collectively to attain goals, such as in winning a game. It may also suggest that it teaches them to learn the meaning of sportsmanship and of handling success and failure through winning or losing.
It’s fair to say that it’s important for children to learn to work together in a group and to endeavour to reach group goals. It’s also important for them to learn the values of good sportsmanship and to learn to cope with the jubilation of winning and the disappointment of losing. But are any of these factors really on the minds of our children when they eagerly attend our soccer programs and camps.
In a word NO!
There have been plenty of studies over the years looking at the reasons that children enjoy taking part in organised sports, and although the reasons they give vary in rank according to the sport played, nevertheless the top reasons why children enjoy playing soccer remain the same:
They want to have fun
They want to learn new skills
They want to become fitter
They want to make new friends
You’ll notice that winning doesn’t rank as a top reason to play soccer or other organised sports and this may come as a surprise to parents who value winning as more important than the experience of getting fit, having fun, and making new friends.
Our non competitive soccer programs mix boys and girls together and as they play, learn, and make new friends, and receive praise from the coaches it also increases their confidence. Our coaches put kids needs above their own to ensure that they’re having bags of fun as part of a team.
It seems apparent that kids want to play soccer so they can take part in a competitive sport (regardless of whether they win) and to develop fitness and skills which allow them to play as well as they can and to compete as effectively as they can.
The bottom line is that children like to play soccer to have FUN.
If your child has lots of energy and wants to get involved in soccer or perhaps they want to make some new friends, why not enrol them in one of our soccer programs. Contact us today on 07 31 776 775 to find out more.