September 9, 2022 By Cyrille Ndongo-Keller Off

Newsletter T3/W9

Dear Parents,

With the winter season now well behind us, we would like to thank parents who generously donated their valuable time to act as team managers for the various teams we entered into this year’s winter competition. I am sure the players and their families greatly appreciate the service and commitment. 

Last Saturday we kicked off  our weekly Mini Soccer Cup games despite the challenging weather conditions.

However, the weather conditions did not dampen the excitement, passion and enthusiasm of participating players. 

The games themselves were very entertaining to watch as players put into practice the skills developed during the weekly training. 

The vision, environment and culture we are developing for the players is gradually taking shape. The senior players are taking development responsibilities before their games and training sessions as we work towards our vision of developing the “Whole Person”.  The benefits here are immense for all involved as the young players can look up to the senior ones while the senior ones can continue to vehicular our values and culture in support of the younger ones.  The Mini Soccer cup will return tomorrow with our 2nd weekend of games. After round 4 which is on the 17th of September, there will be a holiday pause until the 15th of October when we kickoff games in term 4. 

On the training ground, a number of our Mini Mongo players will progress into the Pre Academy phase from next term. A great achievement when you consider their early days at training. Their development within the Pre Academy program will see them introduce to the winter competition games starting next season. 

Preparation towards next season is well underway as we continue to identify players who will be able to form teams in various categories next season. In term 4, players will have the opportunity to take part in tournaments when ever there is an opportunity to do so. 

The new times of 3.30pm start for Mini Mongo will come into effect next term.

Cheers

Developing life skills through sports

Sport isn’t just good for children’s bodies; it’s good for their minds too. Studies have shown that sport has psychological benefits for children and adolescents and teaches them important life skills.

Organised sport has many psychological and social benefits for children – even more than the physical activity during play. Researchers think this is because children benefit from the social side of being in a team, and from the involvement of other children and adults.

Developmental benefits

Development from sport goes beyond learning new physical skills. Sport helps children develop better ways to cope with the highs and lows of life.

When they’re playing sport, children learn to lose. Being a good loser takes maturity and practice. Losing teaches children to bounce back from disappointment, cope with unpleasant experiences and is an important part of becoming resilient.

Playing sport helps children learn to control their emotions and channel negative feelings in a positive way. It also helps children to develop patience and understand that it can take a lot of practice to improve both their physical skills and what they do in school.