At Ballers Academy, we understand that as parents, you want your children to be happy and confident. Playing football is a great way to develop these qualities!
Here are some of our top tips for supporting your child in becoming a more confident football player:
Praise effort over outcome
Celebrate your child’s hard work and dedication in training and games, rather than just the outcome of the match. A pat on the back, a hi-5, and words of encouragement can keep them going, even when they face challenges.
Provide positive feedback
Give your child constructive feedback that is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely (SMART). Focusing on what they did well and what they can improve on can help build their confidence and show them that they are making progress. If they went to score and missed, you can capitalise on their touches on the ball, especially if it shows an improvement in their confidence.
Encourage taking risks
Encourage your child to try new things and take risks on the pitch. Remind them that making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process, and encourage them to learn from their experiences. This can help them build their confidence and willingness to try new things.
Set achievable goals
Help your child set achievable goals for themselves, such as improving a specific skill or scoring a goal in a game. Revisit these goals regularly to track their progress, whether it’s supporting their teammates or passing confidently. Knowing that you’re dedicated to their success, will help encourage them to feel that sense of accomplishment that grows their confidence.
Create a supportive environment
You want to create the type of environment where your child feels comfortable asking questions, making mistakes and trying new things. Why? Because encouraging them to share their football experiences, (the good and the bad), helps them understand that failing isn’t the worst thing in the world. When they share their experiences it’s an opportunity to give positive and encouraging feedback to keep them motivated and engaged.
At our football academy for kids, we focus on building confidence in our young players through a supportive environment and positive reinforcement. Our experienced coaches provide individualised attention and support to help each player build their confidence and reach their full potential.
So why not sign up for our weekly sessions and give your child the opportunity to grow and thrive on the pitch? By supporting them in their football journey, you can help them become more confident, happy and successful, both on and off the field.