The good news is that, during the Foundation Phase, children are hardwired to move, run and chase – the only catalyst they need is an enthusiastic coach who creates fun, exciting activities.
Want to encourage physical development in your team?As a Foundation Phase coach, the simplest method is to engage your team in a wide variety of activities, and deliver these in an enjoyable way. Try building a 'bank' of practices and switch between them frequently – but don’t be scared to use the most popular as often as you feel appropriate. Remember that children like games where you build tension, and use your voice to alter the tempo and speed of the task. They also enjoy activities that are simple to play, with clear explanations of how to gain points or win.
In terms of delivery, if you’re starting a new activity, using colour coding can help you to outline the rules. For example, telling children that they’re in the ‘forest’ (a green area) and that they have to get to the ‘sea’ (a blue area) provides a simple description of how a game works. You should also encourage your team to sample a number of different sports; although many will prioritise football, different experiences will help to practise a range of movements.
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Step one: players aged 5-8
Supporting your team’s physical development doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, encouraging simple movements that are required in football (such as turning and changing speed) is a great starting point. For example, you could reduce the size of your practice area from large – great for longer runs – to small, which forces your team to twist, turn and dodge to avoid the opposition.
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