Pre-school children are often naturally full of energy, and a great way to channel it is by getting involved in sport
Several organisations are specifically concerned with involving young people in sport. They know that it builds confidence and a sense of community and that it helps to ensure that healthy habits and lifestyles are formed from an early age. A recent study published by the Novak Djokovic Foundation suggested that sport plays a key role in building young people’s self-esteem and that there are several other benefits.
As a result, many parents are encouraging their children to get involved in sport and join an age-appropriate sports team. Some parents are even taking a more active role and trying their own hand at coaching.
With drills on helpful sites like sportplan.net/drills/Soccer/drills.jsp and soccer drill videos widely available to watch how it is done, it has never been easier to get involved.
You could start by giving some of the drills below a try. The emphasis here for the pre-school child is on having fun. A positive experience is a key to building a good relationship with sport and exercise early in childhood.
The Big Wheel
Ask all the players to form a large circle, with a single player in the centre. The player in the centre should pass the ball to one other player at a time, with each chosen player then passing the ball back to them. Complete three to five passes before selecting a new player for the centre of the wheel. This teaches passing, control, and balance.
Follow The Leader
Give every team member a ball, and select a “leader” from amongst the team. The leader must then dribble the ball and have all other team members copy what they do. There can be extra moves, such as jumping, touching the toes, or turning in a circle, along with dribbling. Change leaders regularly so that everyone gets a turn.
Red Light, Green Light
Select a player to stand at the front of the team, and line the team up ahead with a ball each. When the leader shouts “Green Light!”, all the players must begin dribbling toward the leader. When “Red Light!” is yelled, they must all control and stop the ball, freezing on the spot. The first team member to reach the leader becomes the new leader!