The Importance Of Teaching Sport To Under-11s

With the ebb and flow in the fortunes of the nation’s sports teams, commentators frequently assert that children ought to be involved at grassroots level – for the good of sport. And while there is much truth in that, it’s also true that getting kids into different sports from a young age is just as important for their personal development, if not more so.

Primary school children are particularly liable to benefit from the opportunity to take part in organised sport. With qualified, enthusiastic, patient staff and readily available equipment from a stockist such as Hope Education, you’ll see children come on leaps and bounds in the following areas.

Social skills

Playing with peers is a big draw, and is often the factor that motivates children to try a new sport in the first place. It means kids can spend time with their friends in safe surroundings, working together towards a common goal. They’ll develop the social skills that will help them through school and into adulthood, such as overcoming conflicts and barriers, learning to be assertive without being aggressive and communicating with one another. They’ll also get into the healthy habit of being active for prolonged periods.

Competitive instincts

There are many positives associated with being competitive, and it doesn’t need to spill over into being a sore loser. Competition is everywhere, like it or not, but teaching kids how to adapt and succeed in dealing with it through sport is to teach them the basics without them realising it. Participating in sport helps children to cope with competition in a friendly environment, and also keeps boisterous, over-competitive rivals in check. The skills they learn through team play will serve them for the rest of their lives.

Sporting behaviour

Handling winning and losing is yet another crucial life skill that sport can help instil at an early age. It helps to create a balanced outlook: success and failure will each visit us many times through our lifetime, and if children can absorb that fact and be settled with it, they’ll have a strong character for most of their lives. They’ll also co-operate better with others and use better judgement when it comes to decision-making.

Also, being able to assess why they came up short and make necessary adjustments is another useful facet of sporting behaviour. Not enough power in that penalty? You know what to do next time then. Mastering personal improvement is a great foundation to becoming a hard-working, conscientious adult.

Leadership qualities

Or, in other words, taking responsibility. When a child has the ball at their feet or in their hands, the rest of the team is waiting on their decision. In that split second, they must weigh up the options available to them and then act upon their choice as effectively as possible. Leadership doesn’t necessarily mean telling others what to do – although voicing opinions is a valid aspect of it – but showing others that you are willing to step up.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic recalls on his website why sport was so important during his childhood, and this Unicef post explains why sport is such a valuable aid for children around the world.


FootieQuiz’s Premier League Preview: Week 5 Manchester Derby Weekend


Yet another round of Premier League matches is upon us this weekend. It promises to be as breathtaking as ever. Here we are going to analyse each game for this weekend.

NORWICH V ASTON VILLA (12:45pm) @ Carrow Road
This is going to be a crucial game for both teams. Villa, having lost their last 3 matches, need a quick bounce back. The loss of Jores Okore (ruptured anterior cruciate ligament) for nine months will see Paul Lambert making some adjustments in the midfield. City having made a sluggish start themselves, have maintained an undefeated home record and have gained all their 4 points at home. Maintaining it will be a tough task, against a young and energetic Villa side.

Christian Benteke: He is the highest premier league scorer for this calendar year with 18 goals, and he would look to add to his tally.

Libor Kozak: Could be his debut game against Norwich, already scored for his country Czech Republic against Italy , would be in high confidence and pairing up with Benteke could prove lethal to the opposition.

Johan Elmandar: Not having scored in his first 3 games, he would be raring to find the back of the net, and Villa haven’t been able to keep a clean sheet for the past 26 games, so it could be his day.


It’s been a dream start for Brendan Rodger’s side, sitting top of the league after 4 games, that too without Suarez, this is the last of his 10 match ban, before he returns. Liverpool has been on a 12 game unbeaten run, and indeed Rodger’s is trying to make Anfield a fortress which it used to be. Daniel Agger could be making a return from his injury suffered last week before the Swansea match. On the other hand, Pochettino’s side was the last side that beat Liverpool; he would take confidence from that fact, and would be looking to give a tough fight.

Daniel Sturridge: having scored 9 goals in 11 games, he is in red-hot form, no Coutinho and Suarez, the onus is solely on him.

Simon Mignolet: 3 clean sheets in 4 games is worth a mention , Daniel Agger is going to be back, a clean sheet and a couple of spectacular saves, would bring a smile on this high flying goalkeeper.


Both teams have been hit with injury problems, Hull are without their team captain Robert Koren, and is out for eight weeks, whereas Newcastle are without central defender Steven Taylor. This could be a third consecutive win in a row for Newcastle.

Papiss Cisse: Since April he hasn’t scored a goal, this would be a golden chance to open his account for the season.

Yannick Sagbo: The powerful striker is back from suspension and the tigers would be relying on him, with all the injury problems affecting the squad.


WEST BROM V SUNDERLAND (3pm) @ the Hawthorns
Yet another vital game, you can imagine, the league is just 4 games old and we are talking about how important each game is. That is the premier league. Both teams are in the bottom three, both teams would be hoping to kick start their league campaign with a win.

Stephane Sessegnon: After getting his work permit, the ex-Sunderland striker would be raring to show his class against his old club.



Both teams haven’t been prolific in front of goal this season, the Hammers haven’t scored since the opening day win against Cardiff(2-0) and Everton have only scored thrice, though Everton do have an unbeaten record.

Romelu Lukaku: Was ineligible to play against his parent club, he would be raring to make his debut, with a goal of course.

Ross Barkley: He is young, energetic and scores goals, this kind of talent, is what England needs, and he will have a go at a weak West Ham defence.


CHELSEA V FULHAM (5:30 pm) @ Stamford Bridge
London derbies are always exciting, and this is no exception especially with an added pressure on the Mourinho’s side to win, having not won a single game in a month and coming off back to back defeats. Now we know why Chelsea were pursuing Rooney so fervently, they dreadfully need a striker, who scores and PLAY JUAN MATA. Fulham on the other hand are not in form themselves. Berbatov, is doubtful for the game. They need someone to score goals from somewhere.

Juan Mata: Mourinho enough of the arrogance, you got to accept the fact that you need him, your side needs him.

Darren Bent: If Fulham have any chance of salvaging any points at the Bridge, Bent needs to get his goal scoring shoes on.


ARSENAL V STOKE CITY (1:30pm) @ Emirates Stadium
Mesut Ozil makes his home debut at the Emirates; Arsenal have won all their last six matches in all competitions. Stoke have had an impressive start to their season, and looks like a team who are willing to push forward.

Olivier Giroud: He has been in scintillating form, having scored five times already into the season.
Mesut Ozil: A genuine playmaker, who scores goals, he wouldn’t mind one against stoke, in front of his home crowd.


CRYSTAL PALACE V SWANSEA (3pm) @ Selhurst Park
Weariness could play a vital role in Swansea losing this game, they have already played ten games in all competitions so far, and captain Ashley Williams is a doubtful for the game, the Eagles will look to exploit that and look for a victory.

Gayle: A pacy striker, who will run havoc, for the drained Swansea defence.
Michu: He can be world class on his day, having already scored an equaliser against Liverpool; he would be high on confidence.


Cardiff would be looking to match the success they had against Manchester City at home, against Tottenham. Tottenham would be a tired bunch, but they have only let in one goal all season, they look a solid pack.

Steven Caulker: He would have a point to prove to his ex-team, He has been solid in defence, could score the only header from a corner and a win.

Christian Eriksen: He has already assisted four times in five games (premier league and eredivisie), looks a promising star, potential of creating some goal scoring passes.


MAN CITY V MAN UTD (4pm) @ Etihad Stadium
The match of the week, literally, the world would be glued to their TV sets, even the neutrals (kopites, blues, and gunners). It has so much at stake, any game between title contenders does. It’s just three points, but all the top teams dropping points, so early in the season, winning becomes important now. It’s beginning of a new era -MOYES-PELLEGRINI. Who will draw first blood?

Yaya Toure: He has been the best passer in the premier league this season, with 347 passes, 30 more than any other player in the league. He is a goal threat outside the box and gradually becoming a free-kick master.

Wayne Rooney: He is proving to be a central figure on the field for United these days; he has to step up for a big game like this. He was ‘world class’ in his last two games but this is the game to prove it right.


Youngest Lions

With Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling set to make his debut at the tender age of 17 we have taken the time to add a Young Lions quiz to our ever expanding databank of questions.

Here are a few to get you started:

Q. Thurston Rostron was aged just 17 & 311 days when he made his debut against Wales in 1881. Which club did he play for at the time?

Q. Who did Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain make his debut for England against on the 26th May 2012?

Q.How old was Theo Walcott on 30 May 2006 when he came on as a sub vs. Hungary to become Englands Youngest ever player?

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It’s Tough Being a Hatters Fan

Comiserations must go to Luton Town after losing in the Conference play-off to York City by 2 goals to 1, earlier today.

Luton’s woes began in 2006/07 when they were relegated from the Championship. Subsequent relegations followed from League One in 2007/08 and from League Two in 2008/09.

In Luton’s first season in the Conference they made it to the play-offs, but lost out to York in the semi-finals. In 2010/11 they went one step further, this time missing out to Wimbledon in the final.