So, your child wants to become a professional footballer? That is really exciting! However, there are a few things you need to consider. First things first, there are a lot of other kids that have the same dream which means there will be serious competition. This by no means should deter you, it simply means that you need to prepare your child as best you can. After all, young athletes sign new contracts everywhere and there is no reason why this can’t happen for your child too!
However, you may be wondering where to start – there is a lot you need to consider. This is where we come in, we are here to help. Here is how to help your kid develop a career in football;
1. Send them to a Football Academy
Sending your child to a football academy is a great step to help set your child up on the professional pathway. Be sure to do your research (so academies may not offer much for your child) and find one that offers access to top quality coaches and has connections to professional clubs. This offer your child access to a professional environment, high-quality coaching and drills, game time in a competitive environment, and a chance to network. All of these elements are essential to developing a career.
2. Research the Professional Pathway
As their parent, you need to be their biggest ally. You need to do as much research as you can to understand the pathway, so you can help guide them as best you can. There will be a conventional pathway based on the area that you live in. You need to know where the nearest professional teams are, their entry requirements, typical intake etc.
3. Instil a Balance between Football and other Education
Whilst it may be your child’s dream, you need to help understand that football isn’t everything. Their education in school and other areas of life is just as important. This attitude will also take some of the pressure off. Plus, we don’t need to tell you that not everyone will be successful in this career pursuit so making sure they have a strong education means they can make other pursuits.
4. Establish the Importance of Diet and Fitness
A good understanding of nutrition and fitness will help your child get their body in the best condition possible to succeed. The effect will be two-fold; their fitness level will directly impact their ability to perform on the field. The fitter they are, the better they will be able to play. Secondly, fitness and nutrition will also assist with recovery, a crucial factor in the long term success of your child.
Teach your child the importance of teamwork. Of course, they are trying to forge their own career, however, there are always 11 players on the pitch. No player will ever progress if they can’t work as part of a team.