How a Youth Soccer Camp Can Boost Your Child’s Self-Confidence

How a Youth Soccer Camp Can Boost Your Child’s Self-Confidence

Personal development is an area than many parents become concerned about as their children grow older. Self-confidence and self-esteem can be strong assets to any child approaching adulthood but nurturing these traits in a natural and effective way is not always easy.

Youth soccer camps can certainly play a part in raising the confidence levels of any child. Especially camps where the coaches are equipped with the skills and experience needed to bringing the best out of each individual.

In fact, for many parents, the change in their child’s attitude following a spell at a youth soccer camp is the most surprising aspect of the whole experience.

And we should know! Here at Ertheo, we speak to hundreds of parents every year.

Some of the common areas where parents report changes in the personal growth of their children include:

  • Self-esteem
  • Teamwork
  • Sociability
  • Independence
  • Confidence
  • Leadership
  • Tolerance
  • Personal values
  • Decision making
  • Responsibility

These changes can often prove to be equally if not more valuable than the obvious sporting improvements that are made at a soccer camp. Most parents send their children to summer camps to become better players but regularly admit that they also return as more confident and mature human beings.

So how does such a transformation take place?

Playing a sport that they love in a controlled environment under the guidance of professional coaches makes children feel special. They become motivated to train like their heroes and to give their best in each session.

This combination of hard work and exercise in top class surroundings is a great way to build confidence. A soccer camp gives children room to improve and challenge themselves.

Positive environment

The coaches are trained to recognise the level of ability and learning capabilities of each child to ensure that they can develop at the right pace. They are always on hand to offer positive feedback and to encourage them to try again when something does not go their way. After all, we all make mistakes in life and children should not be afraid to learn from their errors. When kids feel supported in this way, they are more likely to push themselves even further.

Making mistakes also teaches kids about decision-making and how to weigh up their options before making a choice. This can be amplified further; for example, by playing them out of their usual position on the field. That way, they can learn to develop outside of their comfort zone and gain a different perspective on the game.

Development first

At a youth soccer camp, player development is always prioritised over winning. At this stage of their careers, the individual improvement of each child is the primary objective, and winning or losing a competitive game is always put into context to avoid stress or disappointment.

Sporting values

Children who attend a soccer camp will also learn certain values associated with the sport such as teamwork and fair play. Encouraging them to help and support their teammates promotes responsibility and leadership. It also helps them develop individually as players by teaching them to see the bigger picture.

Multi-cultural experience

Remember, during their time at a soccer camp, the kids are eating, sleeping, training and socialising in close proximity with each other and often in a foreign country. Therefore, bonding and forming close relationships with teammates in almost inevitable. What’s more, they will be mixing with peers from many different backgrounds and nationalities and learning about the history and culture of their host country.

Learning a new language

When children are travelling abroad to a soccer camp, they also have the option of learning a new language. This can also give them a huge confidence boost as they start to pick up a few words and communicate with the native speakers.

Language learning can play a huge role in the personal development of a child, especially when they are based in the country whose tongue they are learning.

Measurable sporting improvement

All of these factors combined with measurable improvement on the field of play, can raise a child’s confidence to the sky. Coaches who can explain clearly to a child where they can improve and then demonstrate to them exactly how to do it, without criticising or making them feel inadequate will always produce positive results. And all of the youth soccer camps that we work with excel in this area.

So just to summarise, here are just a few ways in which a summer soccer camp can help your child to grow:

  • Controlled environment
  • Professional coaches
  • Room to grow
  • Positive feedback
  • Unconditional support
  • A new perspective
  • Development more important than winning
  • Sporting values
  • Responsibility
  • Measurable improvement
  • Exposure to diversity
  • Constructive criticism

If you are interested in sending your child to a youth soccer camp, we can help you choose the right option for your child.

We have a huge number of camps to choose from and our team are always on hand to answer all of your questions and offer expert advice.

Just give us a call today on (+44) 203 769 94 43 or (+34) 902 750 359. Also you can contact in info@ertheo.com.

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