Every footballer needs to try new things on the pitch to improve, but young players may lack confidence to do so. Kids Coach Naomi Richards tells us how we can help.
Sometimes we just have to go with our own intuition. No-one can tell us what to do.
Playing football for example. Someone passes the ball to us and we have to make a snap judgement of whether we are going to dribble with it for a while, pass to someone on our left or our right or, if we are relatively near the goal, to take aim and shoot.
Whether it is us or our children playing football it is the same quick thinking that needs to be done.
What we do know is that each game our child plays is going to be different. Not everyone in their team is going to be feeling the same as they did last week and your child may never have played against the opposition before and so will not know their strengths and their weaknesses.
So what can we, as parents and coaches, do to help?
Well, we need to allow and trust our children to try something new if they need to during the game and they can only do this if they have the confidence to do it and are not afraid of making a mistake in trying out a new move.
We have a crucial role to play in giving children the confidence to express themselves on the pitch. Here are just a few things we can do to help:
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