To make the game as fun and rewarding as possible
The coaches and committee of Raglan Football Club understand that children participate in soccer to have fun. If children don’t have fun playing soccer, they’ll soon give up.
We never forget that the game of soccer is just that – a game. It’s not about how many wins and losses are accumulated, trophies collected or goals scored. It’s about enjoying the game, developing physical skills, learning teamwork and gaining self-confidence.
Proper soccer development requires that children play age appropriate activities so they are able to experience, comprehend, and execute the game as it relates to their own stage of physical and mental development.
We recognize that in order to extend their skills players need to have the confidence to be daring and try new things and that a safe and encouraging environment is a key part of allowing this to happen.
It is about playing in different positions so the player learns all the skills necessary to develop in the game.
It’s about receiving equal playing time, so the players are all given equal opportunity to learn.
It’s about learning the techniques of the game through a variety of fun games where players have as much contact with a ball as possible and learn at their own rates.
Let the game be the teacher.