A Recipe for Confidence

As parents, helping our children to grow in confidence and be happy in life tends to come at the forefront of our lives. Giving your child the opportunity to participate and engage with sports, such as our football classes for toddlers, could well be the key ingredient to do this.

Despite the positives of exercise on a child’s mental well-being being less known about than those that are physical, British Heart Foundation researchers’ detail that those children participating in regular activity present an increase in confidence, peer acceptance and friendship and even attention span.

At a time where children have the chance to do whatever they may please at just the touch of a button, it is easy for them to become consumed in other pursuits such as using tablets and watching TV. However, to promote the confidence of young people and in turn, increase the likelihood of them possessing this confidence into adolescence, sport seems to be the answer!

Give Your Children the Chance to Grow in Confidence

With a plethora of sporting opportunities available for children, there is certainly something for everyone! May your little one be a twinkle toes, a mini mover or a small swimmer, sport will teach them to grow in confidence, embrace challenges and present a boost in self-esteem.

Parents are quick to praise us on our ability to give children these chances to grow in confidence. We have put together the key ingredients to the confidence pie, something we want all of our children participating in sport to have a slice of.

  • Encouragement: Nothing will get your little ones beaming with a smile more than being told you are proud of them. Encouraging them to keep trying their best and supporting whatever they choose to do will no doubt turn them into a confident, risk taking individual.
  • New experiences: It can definitely be daunting going to a new place for the first time, even for us adults! However, the longer we put this off the harder it gets. Introducing children to new people and places from a young age will set them up for later challenges in their life such as starting school.
  • Team work: Team games help to teach young people how to work with others and share responsibility. Teaching the children to share and communicate with their teammates is one of the most important elements of our classes. Enforcing this from a young age means our children grow into kind, confident young adults and form blossoming friendships within their teams.
  • A sense of belonging: a part of being confident is feeling like those around you appreciate and support you. With increased self-esteem, our children will naturally fit into team settings, making them a great listener and giving them the capability to work well with others. Having a sense of belonging means children are likely to be less shy and nervous when facing new challenges.

Becoming confident in these environments can help children to develop friendships and bonds with others that will help them to grow and gain new social skills. Watching your little one grow in character, along with their new friends is enough to put a smile on any parent’s face. Introducing children to peers at a young age not only helps them understand others and grow in confidence but may also set them up with friends for life.

Confidence is something that needs to be acquired, not inherited, start today by widening your little one’s horizons and helping them discover new and exciting challenges.

Commenting Laura Erskine, spokes mum for Mummypages.co.uk said:

“As parents, we all want our children to grow up and become confident, resilient and happy people. There is no better way to foster confidence and improve self-esteem in children than through sport. And of course, the younger they start, the more they are likely to carry this love of sport through their primary and secondary education, helping them with much more than just their physical development. Physical exercise is vital for healthy mental development and coping skills, as well as those all-important motor planning and basic gross motor skills that are lacking in so many young children these days.”

Increase Your Kids Confidence with SoccerDays Football Classes

As you can see, sport really does have a positive affect on our little ones physical and mental wellbeing. If you think your child could benefit from flourishing in confidence and skill through football, why not book in for one of our football classes for toddlers? We offer 45 minutes of fun for FREE with no obligation at your Essex and East London venues! Find your nearest venue and book a trial today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Gift of the Girls

UEFA Women's Euro logo

As the UEFA Women’s Euro rolls onto our TV screens this month, here at SoccerDays we believe that females are dominating the field with a fearless nature in one of the nations most loved sports – football!

With such a fantastic turnout of young girls at our football classes, particularly at The Campion School on a Sunday, it’s hard to believe there is such a vast gap between boys and girls in the game. However, with participation in the sport on a steep rise and girls all across the country presenting such speed, skill and resilience within the game, could we be about to see a repeat of history?

When Football Banned Women

It may come as a surprise to be told that 100 years ago, women’s football was attracting crowds of over 50,000 spectators. Almost an unimaginable picture, the sport thrived in the working-class community. A recent Channel 4 Documentary; ‘When Football Banned Women’ tells the story of Dick Kerr’s Ladies FC, a revolutionary group of women who could give the likes of Ronaldo a run for his money! However, the threat of women’s football on the men’s game lead to a disastrous decision by the FA; to ban women’s football, meaning it could only be played at an amateur level. A 50-year freeze on the game could be argued to have compromised football image in the present day. The women’s football drought lasting from 1921 to 1971 is certainly not common knowledge but may tell us a lot about why the sport now struggles to fulfil the status it most certainly deserves.

This Girl Can Campaign

Enormous efforts have recently been made to boost the appreciation and image surrounding women’s footballs. This year, the FA have initiated a three-year ‘Game plan for Growth’ with Disney in hope to double participation and fans of the sport by 2020. The popular campaign, ‘This Girl Can’ continues its pioneering efforts to support girls across the country to pursue any dreams they have in any sport they wish, something we closely replicate here at SoccerDays.

To bring you up to date with the current Women’s Euro competition, England are performing as brilliant as ever. With 2 wins in the group stages against Scotland and Spain – it is looking like qualifying to the quarterfinals is a certain. When the first Euro competition was played in 1984, England reached the final, as they also did in 2009. With role models such as Jill Scott playing for the team, it is hopeful they will score success in the competition this time round.

UEFA have issued the hashtag #WePlayStrong for this year’s competition, send us your photos of your girls doing what they do best and supporting their love for football!

Want to find out more? http://www.channel4.com/programmes/when-football-banned-women/on-demand/66101-001

Give Your Child A Kick-Start in Life with SoccerDays

If this has inspired you to get your children involved with the world of football, we have a number of football classes for toddlers and children available across Essex and East London to get involved with. We also offer 45 minutes of fun for free with no obligation! Find your nearest venue and book a trial today!