I knew I wanted to play football from a very young age but I didn’t get the opportunity to learn it until I was 11. When I went to play in America, all of my teammates were trained from much earlier than I was and I noticed that it gave them an extra uumpf of confidence and assuredness on the field as well as more refined skills. Knowing that, I ambitiously started a football club for toddlers. Why not start them as early as ONE YEARS OLD?
Well, even I was skeptical of my own crazy idea but two years on I am a true believer and have proof that:
👶Toddlers are little scientists with an amazing capacity for learning complex things quickly!
👶Toddlers learn as much as they are exposed to aka they learn what you teach them!
👶Toddlers are AWESOME to teach because they are such keen and enthusiastic learners who smile more than any other learner I have worked with!
👶A parent’s belief in and perseverance with a child’s learning makes ALL the difference!
👶Toddlers CAN play football..It’s way easier these days to put them in front of a screen or let them play in the park while we text. But if we parents want to challenge our children’s capacity to learn and be great at what they love, practise, repetition, perseverance and belief are key.
Week on week, these two dads bring their sons to our football sessions. Their little ones started just shy of one years old, hardly able to focus for a mere second. I saw their moments of frustration as their tots ran off with the ball, planted their bums on the floor in protest or did the opposite of what I was teaching them to do. But these dads always persevere.
🙂 They give countless high-fives.
🙂 They sigh some but smile and encourage their children way more.
🙂 They get down on their knees and do the activities when their kids don’t want to cooperate.
🙂 They bend over, hold their hands and run with them as their tots learn to dribble the ball.
🙂 They hold them in their arms and run with them when their tots are too tired to run.
🙂 They celebrate every goal, every bettered skill and every glimmering smile on their toddler’s face.
Their perseverance has made ALL the difference.
Their little ones have grown in strides. Their skills, confidence and ability to follow the routine amazes me every time. Their interactions with their teammates is beyond adorable. Their bond with their dads is heartwarming!
Through perseverance, there is no limit to what toddlers can learn!
Yet again, we are inspired to keep teaching these tots in partnership with their wonderful parents.
Stay tuned to our blog for more stories from Wobble and Kick football sessions in London.
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