I’m always looking out for my children. Constantly thinking of things they can do for fun and thinking about the future too. There’s one fun thing I’ve considered doing when they get a wee bit older, and that’s starting a football team!
Playing sports is great for kids and a cool way to keep them occupied. Starting a football team is a lot easier than you think. Here’s everything you need to think about if you want to give it a go:
Anyone can set up a football team, but you need to register it. No doubt there will be a kids football league in your area. If you contact the people in charge, you can set about registering your new team. It costs money to register, and each player needs to pay a fee. Also, you need to register your team at the start of each season.
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No football team would be complete without a squad of players! You’ve already got your kids signed up, now search for some teammates. Have a talk with some of the other mums and dads in the school playground. See if any of their kids are interested in joining a football team. You could even get flyers printed and hang them up around town. It would be a good idea to ask the school head to mention the new team in an assembly and hang flyers around the school too.
Every football team needs a kit! There are websites online that let you design your own football kit or pick from a range of styles. Buying a kit can cost quite a bit, so ask for some money from the player's parents. If everyone in the team chips in £20 then you should cover the cost of a kit comfortably. In kids football, there’s rarely any need for a home and away kit. Just have one kit and if there’s a colour clash one team will wear bibs.
Running a football team means you need to have all the proper equipment. This means buying cones, footballs, corner flags, nets, etc. You can usually buy all these in bulk from a sports store. They don’t actually cost that much, surprisingly. But, if you’re struggling for money, then ask for the other parents to chip in.
End Of Season Awards
It’s a good idea to have an awards ceremony at the end of the season. When your season has finished, you get to reward the kids for their splendid efforts. You can buy football and soccer trophies with all the kids names engraved on them. You should also think about extra trophies for the best players. Have ‘manager’s player’ ‘player’s player’ and ‘most improved player’ awards too. Give these out to the kids who fit the description. For player’s player, you can have the team vote for who they think the best player was. Award ceremonies are great because it’s a nice bit of fun at the end of a tough season.
You don't need to be a football expert to start the team. So don’t worry about learning tactics and stuff! At the end of the day, it's kids football, it's just a bit of fun.