Sarah Sloman is the Club’s Kickstart coach, who, along with her team, is taking her first steps in football. During the season, she’ll be blogging on what it’s like to be a new coach working with the youngest age group.
So I write this after coaching my first ever Kickstart Session!
The nerves have disappeared and what has been left behind is a soul full of joy!!
As a Mummy coach in a what remains mostly a Man’s world I question what have I let myself in for? I know little about football and felt physically sick as I welcomed the expectant little faces of the 4 and 5 year old girls and boys onto the pitch I had marked out.
Lily (our daughter) was hesitant and informed not only would I look daft I also had little skill. James too had his reservations but when faced with Mummy as a coach or no coach at all he decided to take the only option if he wanted to kick a ball about on a Sunday morning!
I spent last Saturday evening watching endless children’s coaching videos on YouTube as well as CBeebies Footy Pups videos, I made notes and created my drills list!
The week running up to the session was spent checking with the husband that my drills were realistic and that I could deliver what the children were expecting to receive. I was so pleased to have the 8 girls and boys turn up, they listened well, followed my instructions and all appeared to have a ‘ball’ (pun intended).