You’ve bought the boots, got the shin pads and spent hours having fun in the park kicking a ball about with your child - now the season is upon us it’s time to enjoy watching them play.
And here at ALDI MiniRoos we have all the information you need to ensure you are doing your bit as a parent, allowing your child to have a blast on the pitch
So sit back and check out our top ten tips for being the perfect football parent.
- Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than whether they win or lose. At this age children are playing football purely for fun. There is no evidence to suggest winning is a motivating factor in keeping them playing. Praise them for effort, sportsmanship and skills rather than worrying about the scoreline.
- Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performance and skilful plays by all players. Cheer when the opposition score and clap when one of their players has a good run with the ball. Your children will notice.
- Volunteer at your child’s club to show them you are engaged with their sport as much as they are. Try coaching or see if they need help in the canteen on match days. Don’t be shy to put your hand up and help out where possible. Why not check out our handy coaching videos for an easy guide to running a fun football session for the kids.
- Parental behaviour is absolutely critical in ensuring that young players enjoy an appropriate environment in their formative years of playing football. Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
- A major focus should be on letting the children play with minimal instruction and plenty of encouragement. Let them play. It’s a game after all!
- Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators - without them, your child could not participate.
- Spending time with their friends is a key motivating factor for girls’ sports participation. Give them time to hang out and chat before and after games. They will enjoy the social side as much as the match – and so will you!
- Learn the rules so you can support your team where necessary. You could jump in as a ref one day if the coach is away. At this age they are simple to pick up. Check them out here.
- Applaud players when they are substituted and let them know they will soon be back on the pitch. It will help them understand rotating players is a normal part of playing ALDI MiniRoos football and ensure they do not feel they have done anything wrong.
- Read the ALDI MiniRoos’ Parent Information Pack to learn more about making your child’s football experience an enjoyable one.