Team sports help to build confidence, leadership, and a sense of belonging, as well as being great exercise.
Starting exercising earlier in life can help a healthy lifestyle to become routine. With supervision, there is no one too young or old to benefit from sport and exercise.
Organisations such as Sport England are working to engage everyone in the sport. They specifically list the benefits of becoming involved in sport from an early age.
You might choose to involve your child in a local sports team, or you may even decide to give coaching a try yourself! With easy access to soccer drill videos and informative websites such as www.sportplan.net/drills/Soccer/drills.jsp, more parents and family members than ever before are taking an active role. Why not try some soccer drills today? These are perfect for players of around five years old and help to train in balance, fitness, and of course, fun!
The open goal game
In the open goal game, set up two goals that remain without a goalie for the duration of play. Divide your team in half and have one team attempt to defend the goals while the others try to score. After a suitable length of time, switch roles. If opposing teams are too challenging, there are other ways to play that are just as fun and effective. If each player has a ball, for example, simply allow them to dribble and shoot to score in their own time. This still teaches ball control, mobility, and accuracy.
This drill helps to train in dribbling and focus. Begin by setting up a large square or circle and present each player with a ball. Have them dribble for 15 seconds and then yell “Earthquake.” At this point, every player must leave their own ball and find another one to stand by within five seconds. If anyone is left without a ball, then the whole team must do a lap together. Repeat as many times as you like.
The passing game
Divide teams into pairs with a ball between the two of them. They must pass back and forth to one another until you yell a command such as “jump as high as you can” or “touch your toes”, and then continue passing. This is fun, lively, and helps the players to switch focus and then regain concentration.