Recreational football primarily devotes itself to the development and enjoyment of children without the emphasis on high-level pressure to win. The propose is to provide an opportunity for the children to have fun, play with a sense of team and community, develop skills and learn the sport.
The benefits of recreation football are:
- Provides a rich and enjoyable environment where children can be introduced to the sport in a nurturing and supportive way, allowing them to learn the game, pick up experience of the game and grow to love the game.
- Low pressure fun filled activities are essential to the development of basic skills and tactical awareness.
- Children get to play with the schools and neighbourhood friends.
By enrolling your children at First Touch, our recreational football serves the needs for the far majority, there are those who may wish to explore a greater level of commitment. However, there are some children who would like to be part of a team and to be competitive, for those there are the league teams.
The coaches in competitive football generally speak typical and have gone through coaching at a high level and may give your child an opportunity to learn the game in ways they may not experience through recreation football.
If your child excels in recreational football they may be ready for competitive football, as in competitive football they can give their all, matching skills and wit amongst the best players in the area.
Children playing for a competitive team requires more discipline and once a child moves up to competitive football it requires more work to allow their skill level to increase and improve. There is great value for kids to learn that hard work, commitment and discipline are required to excel in anything they do and football discipline can help them on and off the field.
Like with most things in life there are pros and cons to anything, the most important thing is to use your and the coaches knowledge to determine whether your kid is ready for competitive football. If you believe that they have gotten all they can out of recreational football, they never tire of practice or games, it may be time to move to the next level.