Why Children’s Football Classes are Good for Mental Health

Children are always told to make sure they exercise, eat well and get their rest. However, people often overlook mental health as a factor when it comes to taking care of children. Throughout COVID-19, football classes and sport in general was paused due to the spread of the virus. Now that the world has re-opened and we have seen life go back to somewhat normal, sport is available again for kids to help take care of themselves mentally by fostering team work and encouraging them to be positive about themselves.

Using Football Classes to Help Your Children

Our children’s football classes give your child an opportunity to engage with their environment in ways that benefit them both physically and mentally. At any football class for children, young people can learn how teamwork benefits everyone so that they feel better supported once they return home after the football session has finished.

Getting Back into Sports After COVID-19

Sport is increasingly important, especially over the past year where we haven’t been able to get out with our children as much due to lockdown restrictions. There were reports of a decline in children’s well-being and mental health issues and we are determined to help push children’s mental health and physic forward. In fact, football clubs have been used in the past to improve mental health problems in adults. The football sessions can be a great way for kids to meet friends since they are often more open with one another about their feelings than adults are.

Getting Back into Sports After COVID-19

At our football classes , young players will not only learn the basics of football but also important skills that could help them find happiness within themselves. These classes can give your child an opportunity to foster self-esteem which is something that helps create resilience against negative thoughts later on in life.

Interested? Get in contact with us via phone or email and book your FREE trial today.

Top 10 Benefits For Toddler Football

Would you like to give football classes for children?

Because football is a great sport, it provides many benefits for your child. Our football classes are a great way of allowing your child to use their energy and have fun while teaching them many important life lessons. Our football can be booked for children aged 2 – 7.

When your child takes football lessons, they can reap the following benefits:

1) Develops Listening Skills – Football classes require your child to follow rules and directions from our experienced football coaches. If they don’t, the football team can suffer as a whole.

2) Concentration – During football classes, your child will be required to work with other football team members and understand their roles and traits.

3) Teaches Self-Discipline – Football is a great sport to teach children discipline, which will benefit them in all aspects of their lives.

4) Increases Fitness – Playing football consistently will help towards building up your fitness through our sessions.

5) Increases Confidence – Football teaches children an important life lesson: you can achieve your goals if you put your mind to it.

6) Develops Self-Esteem – Football is a great way to give your child the opportunity to set goals and work towards them in each session.

7) Respect – Your child will learn respect for football team members and opponents, as well as football coaches and referees.

8) Teaches your child how to be a good sport – Football is a great way to teach your child how to lose gracefully and win with dignity.

9) Enhances Physical Coordination – Football requires a great deal of physical coordination.

10) Increases Stamina – Football is a physically demanding sport, so your child will be forced to push their physical boundaries.

Football classes for children can teach them many invaluable life lessons. These football lessons will help your child in everyday life, and football is a great way to get involved with your child and show them that you support their needs and ambitions. If you think football classes may be right for your child, contact us via email or phone to book a FREE trial today.

Why Choose SoccerDays for Toddler Football Classes

How Has COVID-19 Affected Young Children’s Activity?

We provide football classes for toddlers suitable for boys and girls as young as 2 years, with no previous experience of playing football before. All of our classes take place within a safe environment at local schools. You’ll find experienced coaches who can help your child to explore their full potential within football.

How Often Does My Child Have to Attend the Football Classes?

Your child can join one of our classes on a one-off basis or every week, the choice is yours! All sessions are tailored to suit both parents and children’s requirements as we understand due to commitments, parents and children may want to attend occasionally while others prefer regular weekly sessions.

Reasons to Try SoccerDays Football Classes

We have collated a list of reasons why you should give us a try and watch your child develop each week!

  • Our classes give your child an opportunity to interact with other children outside of their school.
  • We ensure children get a sense of belonging. The football coaching will teach them the basic skills that they need to play football as well as being active and making new friends.
  • Our classes are suitable for boys & girls aged between 2-7 years old. Our purpose is to promote physical activity in your child whilst building social skills, fitness and confidence.
  • We teach kids all kind of football skills in a very short time, and it can take as little as a few weeks to see real improvements made by your child.
  • We make sure that are classes are very safe for kids through fun activities that help develop a wide range of skills that your child with build on with each class.

How Can Your Classes Help Develop My Child?

The SoccerDay’s method has been developed by football coach professionals that know how to train kids aged between 2 & 7 through games specially designed to help your child learn in the easiest possible way whilst having fun! If you want more information about our range of football classes, you can visit our class descriptions page.

What’s the Recommended Amount of Football Classes Per Month?

At SoccerDays, we don’t apply any pressure to parent’s or kids to attend weekly classes. We recommend regular sessions each month to keep fitness, health and social skills improving. Our recommendation would be 2 classes per month to ensure consistency in the development of your child.

The Impact Coronavirus Has Had on Young Children

How has COVID-19 Affected Young Children’s Activity?

Football and sport in general, are very positive activities for children to take part in and there is much more than fitness that sport provides. Football is seen to have a positive impact on children’s mental health and well-being and children who play football regularly tend become more sociable and confident as a result as they’re required to work as a team. There are many skills within football that can be extremely valuable for children’s education.

Lockdown has been a very stressful and challenging time for a lot of families. A decrease in energy, health, fitness has led to a decline in activities. But, at SoccerDays, we are determined to get more and more children back playing and enjoying sports once again with our highly regarded football classes.

Getting your Child Back into Sports

If your child had to stay at home during the Lockdown period, we understand it may have been difficult for them to play football. However, there are lots of good reasons why they should get back into football as soon as possible. Toddler football classes (link to homepage) are a brilliant way for children to learn and develop new skills outside of school and football also helps with their health and wellbeing too. Here are some great reasons why your child should be getting back playing football.

Social Skills

Football is a very social sport in that its interactive nature involves working together as a team; this enables children to communicate better with others or work on solving problems within the group environment. Playing football gives children an opportunity to meet new people from different backgrounds and gain experience in getting along with a range of personalities.

Happiness and Self-Esteem

Football is an enjoyable sport that provides children with more than just fitness but happiness too as football helps build confidence in their abilities and learn to take on new challenges. As football offers an opportunity for your child to improve at something every day and see the benefits of their hard work on the pitch!

Health Benefits

It has been proven that football can help improve your health as footballers are known to have lower body fat percentage’s and increased upper body strength than non-footballers. Football tends to require less equipment such as boots or shin pads which means the cost of playing football is very low and sustainable for families.

Our toddler football classes are a great way to get your child back into football, we provide classes for kids aged 2-7 year olds.

Imagination

Children have a wonderful imagination! Their minds are full of creative concepts and ideas. If this is the case then surely it means having imaginative methods are the best way to teach children in whatever they learn.

Within our toddler football classes we include many imaginative games in order to engage young children, our games ensure children fully participate, and concentrate on their practice, all whilst having plenty of fun!                       

For example here is one of the games:

The cones in the middle of the exercise drills may just be normal obstacles to parents, however for children these cones are eruptive volcanoes that are not allowed to be touched! Once this concept is introduced, children immediately ask questions “why are we not allowed to touch these?”, ‘’what will happen to you if you touch these volcanos’’, “you will burn your hand”, but you will get a child who has a wider imagination and will confidently give you a quick briefing in front of all the other children and parents. This is a prime example of imagination providing the children with an opportunity to develop their social skills amongst the class. It also helps boost the children’s development of problem solving in their own way.

At the same time importantly when playing the game, children are practicing their dribbling skills whilst trying not to bump into the volcanoes!

We always incorporate imaginative games into our classes to ensure children have fun, learn football skills and build confidence too!

My First Club

For some children starting their first ever club can be quite daunting! entering a totally different environment, meeting new friends and coaches for the first time can be a challenge to overcome, even for adults starting a club or new working environment can feel a touch awkward. Our staff are aware children all take their own time to find their feet, the coaches always give that extra helping hand and plenty of encouragement to ensure children attending their first time and weeks are happy and settle in comfortably!

After participating in our fun games and interacting with new friends of a similar age all of a sudden the shyness disappears and the confidence gained is very much apparent, children are soon speaking to their parents excitedly throughout the week looking forward to their next weekend football class!

At our toddler football classes we find children’s confidence improves immensely, even just after a few weeks of attending. The classes give children an early and positive introduction to sport and encourages them to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, joining a toddler football club also benefits children’s confidence for playing sport when they start School, starting School clubs or just running around and having the confidence to participate and play games with friends in the playground!

10 Football Gift Ideas for Kids

If you are still looking for some inspiration for last minute Christmas present ideas the SoccerDays Team have put together 10 football themed gifts for all the football mad children out there, we hope you enjoy the selection we found below!

Smart Ball Speed Ball Football

Smart Ball Kick Up Football

Football Rebounder

Football Stars Top Trumps

Football Table

Hover Soccer Ball

Footgolf Mini Game Set

The Impact of Praise

As the age old saying goes; “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” However, it is important not to overlook the impact words can have on our young ones, especially positive ones!

Naturally, as parents we want to tell the world about every small milestone our child achieves, but not only should we be sharing this with others, most importantly we should be praising our children themselves.

Praising your child can come in many forms; a cuddle, a high 5, a new toy, a golden star, but sometimes it is the words they hear that can have the most profound impact. When a child experiences positive reinforcement about something they have achieved, this can increase the likeliness of this behaviour being repeated.

Using sincere and honest praise is a gateway to increasing your child’s self-esteem and motivation. Noticing their behaviour has been recognised can encourage them to exhibit this behaviour again as opposed to the negative language associated with bad behaviour. Of course, we have to manage the fine line of praising and over indulging our little ones with praise. Often giving your child feedback about why what they have done is positive can help to prevent this.

Similarly, ensure to praise effort as well as outcome, this will help children to understand they must endure a process that leads them to a positive result. Praising just a singular skill or ability does not help them to understand so easily. For example, in SoccerDays classes we aim to use praise such as “your dribbling has improved so much this session, that helped you to take on the defender and score” rather than “great goal” that just focuses on the outcome.

Science also suggests that praise leads to an increase in dopamine in the brain, this increase will hopefully lead to the child themselves having more positivity to share with their friends, helping them to become friendly and supportive individuals.

Praise is a sure way to put a smile on your little ones face as well as yours when you are beaming with pride at their achievements! However small or big, helping your child to understand emotions by sharing yours with them will be a life skill they carry with them forever.

Women’s World Cup 2019

Women's World Cup 2019

Commencing next month, the anticipation for women’s world cup is building! Taking place in France, 24 teams face the group stages across 9 different locations, including Parc Olympique in Lyon. It is hoped that England will follow in the successful footsteps of their male counterparts in last year’s Men’s world cup! Some suspect that England ladies may even surpass expectations and have got what it takes to go all the way, currently being ranked at number 3 by Fifa.

Following on from what has been a landmark year of women’s football with the introduction of the women’s super league (WSL), this summer is set to see some monumental performances from teams across the world. This will also be the first women’s world cup to use VAR technology, proving just how hot the competition is. Alongside England in Group D are our neighbours, Scotland, Argentina and Japan. England and Scotland kick off the group on 9th June in Nice. Coming 3rd in the previous Women’s world cup and averaging 3 goals per game, the sky is the limit for our ladies.

Amongst the build up to the competition, Fifa have launched a campaign to celebrate the amazing faces of football. A strong squad of 23 heroes have been set out to promote the tournament and celebrate the wider aspects of women’s football. Check out the campaign video here https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/legends/ or join the conversation with #LegendsAssemble on Twitter.

As popularity and talent in women’s football continues to rapidly grow at the rate it so well deserves, here at SoccerDays we are experiencing first hand the buzz around the game! With numbers of young girls increasing week on week, one our toddler football classes now even has more girls attending than boys. The unity that is developed through sport is something we want to promote continually in our kids football classes, using the positive role models that football gives us.

Keep up to date with all the latest from the women’s world cup with the BBC from June 7th, let the countdown begin!

Why parents should encourage their children to play sport.

When becoming a parent, it is fair to say that we want to give our children everything we can, that will allow them to grow up as happy, healthy and independent young people. That said, it is a real hard job to do that all ourselves, and that we can still give our young ones all these opportunities and attributes but perhaps through different ways. This is where sport comes in to save the day!

There are endless benefits to participating in sport and physical activity for young people, so much so we could write a book! As busy parents, sometimes the time to read a book is hard to find, so we have made a quick roundup of why parents should encourage children to play sport.

S – Social skills

in 2019, there is pretty much a sport out there for everyone! Finding a club or a team that your child has a genuine interest in can help them develop their social skills with likeminded youngsters as they start their sporting journey’s together. You will find them having heaps to speak about, and with a wide range of children from all different backgrounds. Sport can be an excellent way to promote social skills and communication, that is so essential in life!

P – Physical Health

participating in sport from a young age is likely to have many many benefits to your child’s health. Helping improve their fitness, balance, coordination and strength, your little one will grow to being a healthy young person.  Children benefit from these physical fitness attributes as they go through school life, engaging in PE and play in the playgrounds and later on in life it is likely they will maintain this physical lifestyle if instilled from a young age.

O – Organisation

As independence grows through sport, so will organisation. When children develop their interest in a sport it is likely they will be thinking non-stop about it. Sport requires organisation to run effectively, surrounding young ones in this environment will help make organisation become second nature to them. Who knows, maybe they will even start laying out their kit and cleaning their own football boots for Saturday morning football club…

R – Resilience

Sport teaches everyone that you lose some, and you win some. Facing set backs and achieving goals come hand in hand and develop the resilience of an individual. Being able to take feedback on board is part of being a resilient character, showing the ability to bounce back no matter what you have faced.

T – Team work

The age old saying ‘There is no I in team’ tells us exactly why sport is great at developing team work. Children are constantly in environments where they have to work together, by engaging in sport they are going to become an even better team player. Learning skills such as listening, negotiating, caring and taking the lead are all imperative in team sports. And what better feeling than achieving something after hard team work!

Don’t hang about, get your child involved in sport today, and watch the benefits last a lifetime!