is not measured by what you accomplish but instead by the opposition
you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained
the struggle against overwhelming odds"
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Edinburgh Evening News
Wednesday 22nd December 2010
"Kids are united as trend for younger age groups
increasing number of parents in Edinburgh and
the Lothians are realising the benefits of
enrolling children as young as three-years-old
into regular football training, with up to 20
per cent more youngsters participating
regularly at certain age groups in comparison
to four years ago.
football clubs in and around the Capital run
regular training sessions for pre-school and
early primary school-age children, and there
are around 600 regular participants of
organised football at under-8 level.
the Scottish FA's South East Regional Manager,
says more and more parents are recognising the
value of allowing their children to hone early-
life skills in a football-based environment.
"The 3-5 age group is an area that's increasing
in size every year," he says.
"Getting a ball at their feet from an early age
is important, but it's more about improving
physical literacy - things like hand-eye
At present, organised matches begin at under-8
level, but Munro says that some regions, due to
demand, are discussing plans to extend that
opportunity to kids aged five and six.
Roddy Maughan and Murdo Steven are two Edinburgh
entrepreneurs and long-time youth coaches who
are preparing to tap into a growing market for
football coaching of children.
new 3v2 Soccer Academy, they hope to continue
their success in nurturing kids' footballing
technique and social ability.
"A lot of coaches just try to teach football,
but we want to act as role models," explains
Maughan. "We take an interest in the kid and
build relations with their family.
"We will work in partnership with clubs,
schools, nurseries, and community groups. On
their first day at school, kids are thrown into
the real world, and football can help prepare
them for that.
"Teachers get their message across with books
and blackboards - we're doing it with cones and
footballs. We don't groom them to become
footballers, but to provide them with the
Maughan's sidekick Steven echoes the educational
selling point, saying a football environment can
have far-reaching effects.
"If, from ages three to eight, a child isn't
making huge leaps in football, if they've grown
as a person, that's great," says Steven.
"A five-year-old child can talk to you, whereas
a three-year-old is just getting used to people
other than mum and dad. Communication is a big
thing, as well as getting out there into a
different environment and a change of scenery.
Coming along to football regularly can mean as
much to the family as it can to the