Football season starts in August. Between now and then, you want to keep your child fit, active and raring to go. It may seem difficult to decide what to do, especially if you’re child is at the age where weights would damage his growth. Maybe more difficult is keeping them interested in the sport.
Fear not, for there is plenty for your child to do and some can bring you closer together.
Look around your local area for youth football camps. Some camps will be exclusive to position and age. Generally, the more exclusive, the better training your child will receive. However, don’t be caught out in thinking cost equals quality. While some camps may have celebrity football player appearances and autograph sessions, is it really improving your child’s football skill? Sending your child to a camp can also increase their publicity. While they may be young, scouts will attend the practice games for any talent worth nurturing.
Get out of the house
Remember as a kid, you hated staying in at home? You wanted to go out and do something different. Your child is properly feeling the same. Get out of the house whilst at the same time improving your child’s fitness. A simple visit to the park solves that. Monkey bars are pull-ups. Tag is the same as the agility drill. To cover cardio, sprint up some hills. Get creative and swing crisscross to strengthen the core. Not only are you both having fun, but also your child is benefiting from it.
Try different sports
You may have a huge passion for football and want to see your child succeed in it, but his mentality and physicality may suit another. Both of you won’t know until they try. Besides, cross training with different sports will benefit your child’s football. Soccer increases coordination, agility and foot speed. Rugby Union increases strength, endurance and handling. Kickboxing improves the core, while cycling can help leg power. Let you child try a variety in the summer. If they decide to return to football in the new season, they will return a more diverse and skilled football player.
Take a break
Any athlete will tell you the importance of rest. Your child may seem like they have a never-ending source of energy, but if they don’t rest at some point, they’ll burn out. You don’t want that happening at the beginning of the season when places are up for grabs. Take a month or two to relax and recover. Keep the spirits up by going to watching football together at the weekends, or take part in another activity that can bring you closer. More importantly…
Let them be a kid
At the end of the day, your child is still a child, not a professional full-time athlete. So let them act like a kid! Go outside and have fun, even if it has nothing to do with football whatsoever. Go the cinema or the funfair. You could even host a BBQ for the rest of the football team. Just let them have fun.
When the football season finally gets going, the time and effort you’ve invested here will surely pay-off. Your child will return to the team fresh, excited and prepared to tackle the opening football game. Not only that, they will have improved their physicality for the sport whilst still being able to be a kid.