How to Choose A Soccer School in Singapore
THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING YOUTH FOOTBALL
We all know that it’s important to stay fit and active for our general health and wellbeing in both mind and body. With Government statistics showing a concerning rise in childhood obesity throughout the world, it’s important that we encourage our children to stay active and engage in physical activity. Fitness is one of the key benefits of getting young people involved in fun sporting activities, such as playing youth football. Children can start playing football with a junior club from as young as four or five year old, carrying on all the way into adulthood. As well as the positive impact on your health, there are lots of reasons why joining a youth football team is a great thing to do for a child. Below are just a few of the benefits of playing youth football:
Making friends – joining a youth football team will give a child the chance to forge friendships with their team mates that can last a lifetime.
Build self confidence – a great way for children to gain confidence is through doing something they love with their friends. When a child is part of a football team they can develop a strong friendship group and a real sense of belonging. Children can gain confidence as their ability develops and the team experiences success on the pitch.
Here we will cover the differences between recreational play and select (advanced players can skip this section) and some of the things you should consider when choosing a club.
Differences Between Recreational and Selection
Here’s a brief overview of the differences between Rec and Select:
All players (under a certain age) start at the recreational level, and some stay there their entire soccer career. Some info:
- Cheaper since coaches aren’t paid
- Rec is more about fun than winning
- Practices are often laid back and games are less competitive.
- Teams are put together randomly.
- The level of play in rec drops significantly once players become old enough to join select.
When players get around the age of 10, they can try out for a select team (sometimes it is referred to as Academy for the younger age groups). Some info:
- Better competition
- Costs more,
Seriously, how much can there be and why is it all over my car?
10. Team talk
Your child transforms into Gary Lineker on the drive/walk home because every match has to be followed by a complete step-by-step analysis of the game.
There will always be one team they would love to beat.
Of course, if the rivals win, they are all dirty players who spent the whole match diving while the referee turned a blind eye.
Don’t expect to hear anything about how their minds were expanded with all the incredibly knowledge they have learned that day if you ask ‘What did you do at school today?’
Instead, expect to hear about the playtime football match that they have to referee themselves, which almost never descends into anarchy.
13. Being supportive
It is so hard to bite your tongue and keeping your language clean when you are caught up in the moment.
But you don’t want to be responsible for your child’s team being kicked out the league because you kept dropping f-bombs.
14. Get to know your neighbours better
People say that communities are disappearing as we work harder and longer while living in commuter towns.
This is not true if your child plays football.
As yet another football sails over the garden fence, you will get to know your neighbours really well.
15. Beats the Xbox
At least they are getting fresh air and exercise
16. Football friends
They have a whole new group of friends outside of school too, which is great.