The environment you create has a big impact on your team. Get it right and you can help players develop. Get it wrong and you can hinder their enjoyment and chance to be skilful. Here are some tips to give your players the best platform to thrive.
Cast your mind back to when you were a kid at training. Chances are you stood in line waiting for your turn to strike the ball at goal, hoping that the end-of-session match would happen soon.
Not a very productive environment.
If you experienced this, it doesn’t mean your coach ignored development and enjoyment. It’s just that things could have been better. They could have been more fun.
Without fun you’re not motivated. Without motivation you lose interest. And if you’re not interested, you might not turn up. If players don’t turn up, how can we help them fall in love with the game?
That desire, that passion for playing football because it’s fun, to keep coming back because it’s enjoyable – we need that. It’s what will help us develop a generation of players that see the game differently. Players that are skilful.
To engage your team, you need to provide a safe, fun, inclusive environment, one that they can’t wait to return to. Here are a few ways to do just that.
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