Five foundations for the successful practice of football

A football school is an environment in which children must feel happy and valued:

1. The feeling of safety

Protecting children from physical and emotional harm. A child who does not feel safe will find it difficult to be happy and enjoy the activities.

2. The feeling of being welcome

Feeling welcome whatever the child’s age, sex, technical level, physique, culture or language. Football is an environment in which there must be no discrimination of any kind.

3. The feeling of being a “good player”

Every child must feel capable. For this reason children must always be encouraged, emphasising the good points rather than the bad.

4. The feeling of belonging to a group

Being part of the group and feeling accepted by the team are essential to the children.

5. The feeling of being important

Children need recognition for their successes. They must be encouraged to be creative and expressive.