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The Boot Room


Issue 09 April 2014


Grassroots


Before the day starts it's important to define what success looks like for the young players. Is it winning the tournament? Is it putting into practice all the things you've been doing in training?


What is success?


Before the day starts it's important to define what success looks like for the young players. Is it winning the tournament? Is it putting into practice all the things you've been doing in training? Is it the social side of a day for the families to come together in the sun (hopefully) and enjoy themselves?


Whatever success looks like, it really helps if you can define this or, more importantly, ask the players to define what this means to them. We did this with our group of U10 boys on a recent tour to Germany and shaped all the discussions into three key objectives for us on the trip:


1. To try and win the tournament - that's why we entered and it is a game after all


2. To learn some new things - whether about how to travel well, words in another language, but importantly, things both on and off the pitch


3. To have fun - vital and incorporated the aspects of team bonding and enjoyment too


The important part was the boys had a voice as part of the discussions into what they wanted to achieve, not just us as the coaches. Try and find some ways to let them decide what they want from it too. Depending on how brave you are feeling depends on how far you want to go. If the focus is on enjoyment and having a great day with all the families and other kids around, you can almost experiment more.


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