During the Foundation Phase, helping your players to develop a varied 'movement vocabulary’ is one of the most important gifts you can give.
Children are meant to be active: they should be excited by the opportunity to run, climb and play.
A child who feels confident and capable in their movements is more likely to engage with physical activity, such as sport, which will help to develop their self-confidence.
In footballing terms, 'physically literate’ children have the capacity to be more creative, adaptable and flexible. This means that they’re better equipped to be an effective player; for example, being capable of creative movement lays the foundation for creative techniques and skills.
To help support this development, a coaching session must get your team moving and should involve dynamic, innovative practices. Remember: if you present physical activity in an exciting and enjoyable way, your players will respond.
For a closer look at how this applies to children across the Foundation Phase, scroll down now.
Step one: players aged 5-8
The England DNA aims to provide players with the widest possible 'movement vocabulary’ and working towards the aims below will provide your team with the best possible start.
At this age, we want every child to: