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Z’s first friendly match

On 21st Nov ’15, Z participated in his first ever soccer friendly match. It was a good exposure to understand how the game was truly played on the field. 

Registration    

Having his own minder 
 

Moved to defender role    

He also got to try the forward role. 

The good parts: I thought Z had several good dives for defence. He was also brave enough to slide when required.

The bad parts: He tended to lose concentration, waste energies running in circles and not sprint when he ought to.

The learning points: Only through this game, he had to learn about marking his opponent attentively, standing in clear space and how to plan a goal kick. 

The team that they played against was stronger and really thrashed their team by such a wide margin that I lost track of the scores. The other team had a much more organized and strategized game play. Z’s team seemed to be more of a motley crew without any team experience.

While Z was not a soccer prodigy, despite the less than stellar performance, he enjoyed the game and wanted to participate in similar friendly matches again. 

I was heartened by his positivity and the ability to take setbacks in his stride, as well as to acknowledge that he had room for improvement.

 

Trial class 

  
After a year at the current soccer school, a change of coach triggered the search for a new soccer school. We sent Z for a trial class which only materialized after waiting for nearly 3 weeks due to the bad haze.

The style was really different. However, it was an established school in a new location. There were very few students so we had to think over which school to stick to. 

With more experience under his belt, there was a marked difference in his demeanor. We could see better reflexes, faster speed and stronger stamina. 

Given that he was having 4 different types of additional classes at the moment, we asked if he would like to drop any class and his order of preference.

Topping the list was Martial Arts, followed by swimming, soccer and art. To our surprise, he enjoyed all and refused to let us drop any class. Well, we shall see if his preference would change when he started primary school. 

Soccer school decided

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With scooting, cycling and swimming in the bag, there were a few more sports to work on. Soccer was one such sport, namely because Mr H loved the sport and Z was influenced too.

A team sport was a good way to instill sense of learning through routine and discipline. We scoured high and low for a suitable soccer school. Z tried First Kick Academy, Espzen and ISA before I found one with such an impressive coach that despite the distance, even Mr H had to oblige me.

I was impressed by the drills, the footwork training, the attitude and how the coach kept the adrenaline pumping for the entire 90 minutes of the class. He was firm and yet, patient with all the U6 monkeys. He even knew at which instant the boys got distracted. He was adamant about making sure Z did the drill correctly.

On a frivolous note, the soccer class took place on a gorgeous and expensive grass pitch which was really, really hard to find. In all those times when I played touch rugby, we were never allowed to play on such turf for fear that the studs on the soccer boots would destroy the grass. Even Mr H concur on the quality of the turf.