Sport has the power to change the world.
It has the power to unite in a way that little else does.
It speaks to youth in a language they can understand.
Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.
It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.
It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.
- Nelson Mandela
Historically, the amateur was considered to be the ideal balance between pure intent, open mind and the interest or passion for a subject. That ideology spanned many different fields of interest. It may have had its roots in the Ancient Greek philosophy of having amateur athletes compete in the Olympics, The ancient Greek citizens would spend most of their time in other pursuits, but would compete according to their natural talents and abilities. (Wikipedia)
According to LIVESTRONG Foundation, sports not only lower the risk of obesity, but they also improve concentration and test scores. A study from the Centers for Disease Control found a link between school-based physical activity and academic progress. The same can be said for Football teams outside of school. The most physically fit students scored 30 percent higher on academic tests than the children who weren’t as physically fit.
The president of the Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, Dr. Karen Postal found that exercise is the most effective way to improve memory and attention span. Physical activity increases a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which causes brain cells to bind to each other and form connections that enable better thinking.
It might seem stressful to think about balancing life both on and off the pitch. However, The International Journal of the History of Sport found the “dual careers” of juggling both academic and sporting performance motivate athletes to train and prepare well. This also helps relieve stress. Athletes, with their practice regimen and healthy habits, have learned a great deal of self-discipline that in turn helps with their academic focus.
In a 2007 study, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation discovered that teens who exercised at school or played sports at home were 20 percent more likely to score an A in math or English. Within the Los Angeles Unified School District, students on athletic teams attended three weeks more school than non-athletes and had a higher GPA by .55 and .74 grade points.
Football players learn about hard work and time management from having a busy schedule. It teaches how to focus on homework and motivate themselves to get it done. On top of everything, playing Football and other sports can improve players’ self-esteem and ambition. It can even make college applicants more well-rounded when applying to competitive programs.
The do's and the don'ts
Neverless, in the modern world, sometimes the joy of a sport becomes an obsession or even is mistaken for a way to secure the future. The few academic studies based on limited access to clubs and young players have all produced serious concerns. Dr David Blakelock of Teesside University found in 2015 that 55% of players in his study were suffering “clinical levels of psychological distress” 21 days after being released. One 2012 academic study of scholars discovered that 99% of the smaller elite groups taken on full-time into clubs’ academies aged 16 to 18 did not progress to have professional football careers.
There are a number of things to consider when it comes to selecting a youth football club, and the list of factors can vary from person to person. In the Namba method, we are not training children to be professional athletes.
We do not work with international clubs because we understand that sport among young people should be used as an instrument for the formation of the human being.
We believe that participating in championships is part of this learning process. Not the ultimate goal.
Our origins are Latin America, where football is learned at home, on the streets, beaches, also in schools, community centers. One of the characteristics of Brazilian football is that many players start in indoor pitches. This gives speed and technique. For most of us, the joy of playing and being with friends is what counts.
The greatest match for a child is to become an exemplary human being.
If you want to know more, here are some publications on the subject:
The Livestrong Foundation (stylized as LIVESTRONG) is a United States nonprofit organization that provides support for people affected by cancer.
Hey! We know what it's like to take a child two, three times a week for 2 hours of training.
We know what it's like to miss a holiday to accompany your children in a match.
But someone told you, parents, what to expect from a 7-year-old? What about a teenager of 14?
Did someone explain to you what the child learns at every age and why?