Hello sports fans, I’m back with another edition of my column which is on ‘Grassroots Soccer & Coaching’.
Building a sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.
Football has become a vital instrument for hundreds of social development programmes run by non-governmental and community-based organizations all over the world.
These programmes are providing children and young people with valuable tools to actively make a difference in their various lives.
On the other hand, we must outline the factors affecting youth soccer development so that the desired change and improvement would come to reality. To sum it up, the government and concerned stake-holders are expected to play important roles in combating the challenges that hinder the progress of the game.
There should be qualified coaches and very sound football authorities who have detailed professional knowledge of sport science, especially in football.
Issues such as player’s selection, talent investigation, regional prospects, football facilities, pre-requisites of the sport like field and other stuffs should be addressed by cooperatively working with the community as a whole.
That is why the society on its part should play a vital role in developing the game of soccer. Genuine responses are collated and used to analyse the framework for the effective implementation in technical, physiological, psychological, physical, facility, Performance, methods, materials, analysis and then draw conclusions.
There should also be a combination of coaching and mentoring. The mentor has a deep personal interest, personally involved a friend who cares about you and your long term development.
The coach develops specific skills for the task, challenges and performance expectations at work. Mentoring is a power free, two-way mutually beneficial relationship.
The Coach should be a qualified person who directs and monitors the morals, determination, physical, technical and tactical preparations of athletes through well-planned training program with scientific backing.
Performance:- This is the visible and tangible change that observed within youth soccer.
Prospects:-Joining clubs and having good professional skills through training and in amateur clubs and having technique and tactics of football as professional players.
Soccer development:-the phenomena that is considered to be taken as progress particularly in youth soccer.
Talent development: refers to providing athletes with a suitable learning environment so that they have the opportunity to realize their potential and improve their performance.
Talent identification:-refers to the process of recognizing individuals currently involved in sport with the potential to become elite athletes/players.
Talent selection:-Involves the frequent process of identifying athletes/players at various stages of the training.
Training:- is long and complex scientific process to produce skilled and talented players.
However, the growth of these depend upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without an effort, and an effort means work. Building a good framework from the top is crucial; this is where the country’s football house; NFF and Nigeria’s league body NPFL come in.
Development of the game through the states, especially from the grassroots is very essential and I hope everyone concerned should step up actions to ensure a fruitful future for the game in our great nation.
Remember, ‘to change something, we must build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete’.
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Coach Peter Ijeh,
ULc, BSs. (Sweden).