The Tigers Sport and Education Trust have been looking into providing more opportunities for children aged 2-5 years old’s and their families to get into football.
We wanted to run sessions that are a fun introduction to football, providing a comfortable, playful and enjoyable environment. This gives children the opportunity to meet new friends, gain more confidence, learn life skills and enjoy playing activities.
We have recently provided taster sessions in nurseries, primary schools and children’s centres across Hull and the East Riding. We have partnered up with the Hull City Council to deliver sessions across their children’s centres, including the Acorns Children’s Centre, the Edinburgh Community Centre, the Windmill Children’s Centre and the Octagon Family Centre. Sessions have also been taking place at Bempton Primary School and Hornsea Nursery. The feedback we received was really positive, asking for more sessions in the near future.
Over the summer holidays we have provided four week programme at the St Margaret’s Welcome Centre and a five week programme at the Edinburgh Children’s Centre. Each session incorporated different themes each week based on basic ABC’s, teamwork, sending and receiving, and game understanding. As the weeks went on, the sessions became more popular and numbers were into double figures. Children who were turning up regularly were starting to use the ball with their feet more than their hands! Roary the Tiger even made a surprise appearance to see the children in action.
We have had some great feedback on the sessions so far:
“The children enjoyed their lessons and looked forward to them. They learnt new skills but also built on their listening skills and instruction following.” – Bempton Primary School.
“Excellent session! Completely age appropriate for the children, keeping even our youngest two year old’s engaged.” – Hornsea Nursery.
“Great games to encourage football skills. All of my children are aged between two-five years old and all have had just as much fun as each other.” – Parent.
Overall, the tasters have given an insight into how fun football can be for children and their families. Parents, guardians and nursery carers/teachers have took part in the sessions along with the children and they have all gone away with smiles on their faces. Due to the high numbers and feedback received, we are looking to offer more sessions in the near future to nurseries, primary schools and children’s centres. If you are interested in the Tigers Sport and Education Trust running a session or a block of sessions for you in the future, please get in touch with Marc Daddy via email at email@example.com or call 01482 358371.