With the World Cup just around the corner and sparking much excitement, there hasn’t been a better time to explore all that football has to offer!
Invented in the 1860’s, it’s one of the most popular team sports played around the world and one which doesn’t make exclusions; anybody of any age can pull on their boots and get involved. It’s easy to get started, all you need is a football, some goal posts and a few friends!
The Benefits of Playing Football
Not only is it a fantastic game to watch or take part in but football also helps to develop numerous skills in KS1 and KS2 children. They don’t have to play competitively to feel the benefits, just taking part with others will offer its rewards. Here are just a few reasons for children to join in:
Encourages an active lifestyle
Taking part in a competitive match or simply having a kick around with some friends encourages children to get outside and keep themselves active. Enjoying an activity means you’ll want to do it more often, so make sure children have fun whilst taking part.
Develops communication skills
‘Pass the ball’ or ‘shoot’ are words often heard on the pitch but so much more conversation actually takes place. Children can discuss their tactics or talk about other teams and the schools they’re from. Spending time with each other on a regular basis will encourage the development of deeper communication skills and more involved conversations.
Enhances team skills and teamwork
To play football, you need a good team around you and playing regularly will help children develop their skills and work with their team successfully. They’ll learn to play together and from their experiences, work out how they can be most effective as a collective unit. Being part of a team will also give children a sense of belonging and encourage them to think of others.
Helps to stimulate social skills
Spending time regularly with team mates will allow for more complex relationships and more time being spent getting to know each other. Friendships will form and football may have started out as the common factor but it will soon become just one of the things that children have to talk about.
Develops fundamental movement skills
Children develop fundamental movement skills between the ages of three and six. These skills including running, kicking and leaping are the building blocks that enable children to foster a complete set of skills. Playing football presents children with an opportunity to use these movements and as they play more often, their skill set will further develop.