The UK was years behind other countries in technical ability and skill, too much focus on winning at all costs
Manchester (PRWEB UK) 31 December 2012
The way to ensure future generations of athletes is by nurturing grassroots talent, but what coaches are increasingly calling for, is the ability to work with a program that encourages children of all abilities and helps them to develop.
That is exactly what Ashton Town FC coach, Scott Johnson, was looking for when he and his colleagues decided to introduce myskillz to the Manchester based club: “The UK was years behind other countries in technical ability and skill, too much focus on winning at all costs – myskillz takes individual testing and allows children to monitor there progress and enjoy themselves, to interact and gain confidence knowing they have improved individually.”
Johnson said that while deciding what system to implement at Ashton Town FC, he asked himself: “Can I make a difference and empower every child I coach, allow them to play without fear – as confidence is so important to their progression.” Finding that with myskillz, these questions were unanimously answered in the affirmative, both his requirements and those of his young players were met: “ I can monitor and evaluate, then organise and give information relevant to children’s individual needs.”
Of course, of paramount importance, is that not only are kids football skills are developed through any initiative that the club works with, but that they also enjoy it, and thanks to myskillz’s online community and logging system that allows them to rate themselves and receive recognition as well, Johnson feels that this is also achieved: “We are all naturally competitive and kids will compare and try to beat their own and friend’s scores which means they go out and practice. I can't wait for technical ability to improve, and it will.”
Praising the premise of myskillz, Johnson concludes: “Like most great things, the idea is so simple but it is the foundation for all great football.” We look forward to hearing about the team’s success throughout this season.
Note to editors:
myskillz is a professionally developed football skills measurement and rating system designed to track achievement and progress in individual children’s sports performance. Participants can track their own statistics through their personal, password protected profile page on the website, while teachers and coaches can assess and report on each child through the same online process.