What are the core aspects of a positive experience?
How young people feel about sport is likely to be heavily influenced by the knowledge, expertise and care of any adults who are involved. That means you.
If a parent, volunteer or coach shows a lack of understanding, empathy or support, this could turn a player away from the game. As the nation’s favourite sport, the majority of youngsters will spend (or will have spent) time playing football. This puts coaches in a privileged position: if you can create a positive environment, whilst understanding the young person and their journey of development, you can help to encourage a lifelong love of physical activity and football.
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