What is Playmakers?

8 MONTHS TO 3RD BIRTHDAY (Parent participation required)

Tiny Playmakers is a great way to introduce your little ones to the exciting world of football. Children are introduced to the very basics of football such as dribbling, kicking, running etc in a play based yet structured environment, using child-friendly football equipment. Children will have a ball each for the majority of the session and will work within their ability level in a group environment. You...the `grown ups` will assist the coach during the session meaning you can take great pride knowing you have done even more to support your child's early education.

KEY FACTS:

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

HOW DO WE DO IT:

We are often asked `how do you teach children that young how to play football?` The answer is simple we don`t teach..we play!!

Repetition through fun based play is the most effective way of child development, not just physical but social and cognitive development too.

Our Playmakers coaches follow a specific scheme of work which has been designed by a team of highly qualified football coaches and child development specialists. Each session follows a theme and links in with the early years National Curriculum. Themes such as colour identification, exploration and numbers are used via fun football based story telling games. Large parts of the sessions encourage discipline and independence which in turn helps the children to develop essential skills such as balance and co-ordination

WHAT WILL OUR COACHES EXPECT FROM THE CHILDREN?

Social, Emotional & Cognitive
  • Short attention span, erratic participation
  • Needs assistance throughout session.
  • At times will be frustrated at lack of understanding of sessions.
  • Lacks awareness of others.
Physical
  • May struggle with balance and co-ordination.
  • Introduced to different types of movement (running, jumping etc).
  • Finds balancing difficult.
Football Specific
  • Capable of basic, one paced kicking.
  • Can maintain the stop position with support.
  • Frequently unable to dribble the ball with any kind of control
  • Quickly learns to enjoy scoring goals.

Our coaches are experts but we do not expect the children to be fully involved at first or at every session and so neither should you, we will work with you and your child to build confidence...don`t forget....to a toddler this a big change, new environment, new people. It takes time to adapt and become comfortable!

3 YEARS TO 5TH BIRTHDAY

Playmakersare confident and full of energy, our curriculum reflects this with fast-paced and increasingly football focused games but fun is still the mould that holds it all together. Our Playmakers sessions finish with small sided football matches...which the kids love!!!

KEY FACTS:

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Our Playmakers classes use guided discovery with play and repetition to develop our young footballers FUNdamental skills and understanding of the beautiful game. At Playmakers children also learn how and when to select and apply skills they have previously learnt. Still using the themes from our Tine Playmakers curriculum, the sessions are all based around fun and story telling to keep them engaged and stimulate their imaginations .

WHAT WILL OUR COACHES EXPECT FROM THE CHILDREN?

Football Specific
  • Able to keep the ball relatively close to the body while moving dribbling
  • Develops good directional dribbling skills and strong kicking skills.
  • Can stop a slow moving ball.
  • Will be able to hold the stop position and move the ball with their sole.
Social, Emotional & Cognitive
  • Good peer interaction and participation in class.
  • Develops a strong sense of identity within the group.
  • Understands basic concepts of team play.
  • Awareness of surroundings improves.
  • Actively involved in creative play.
  • Confident to play, think and visually assess during a game situation.
Physical
  • Emphasis on warm up / cool down and stretching improves physical fitness.
  • Children are aware of themselves in the environment.
  • Basic ability to travel with the ball where they choose and how they choose.
  • Children demonstrate understanding of control and can exercise control in their movements

Our coaches are experts but we do not expect the children to be fully involved at first or at every session and so neither should you, we will work with you and your child to build confidence...don`t forget....to a toddler this a big change, new environment, new people. It takes time to adapt and become comfortable!

Older Playmakers who have been attending for a while are now preparing to play at our academy teams, the sessions will reflect this and attributes such as discipline, concentration and following instructions will all be improved by our coaches.

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