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Sutton United Junior Jays

9 May 2024

Community

Sutton United Junior Jays

9 May 2024

Sutton United Foundation is now offering football sessions for children aged 18 months to 3 years, focused on learning football through play…..with a huge emphasis on fun!

We use drills, games and activities to keep little ones engaged, enabling them to learn and achieve their potential. As well as developing fundamental motor skills such as coordination, children will be able to focus on the basic concepts of football like kicking and running, and also learn important life skills such as making friends, taking turns and working together. We use positive reinforcement and a nurturing environment to praise children for getting involved and trying their best, to help boost their confidence and to form an early love for sport.
 
What are some of the benefits? 
 
Physical Development - developing and mastering physical skills like walking, running and jumping in a fun. safe and pressure-free environment.
 
Helps with social skills - children often make friends quickly and will bond over their shared love of football.
 
Improves Communication - encourages the child to develop their own listening and communication skills, as well as self-expression and independent thinking. 
 
Encourages Teamwork - learning to work together and support others is a key part of pre-school football.
 
Helps to prepare your child for school - taking part in a sport or hobby that they enjoy is also a great way to boost a child’s self-esteem, so football lessons can help your child feel more confident about starting school, meeting new people and learning new routines.
 
Supports Children’s Physical and Mental Health - getting the right amount of exercise is an important aspect of leading a healthy lifestyle, and enjoying sports from a young age encourages children to develop healthy habits that will last them a lifetime.
 
FAQs
 
Is 18 months too young to start football? No - children can start to enjoy playing with a ball from an early age. Grasping a ball between their hands, shaking it or bringing it to their mouths to explore. Simple games such as rolling a ball backwards and forward across the floor, and moving onto throwing and kicking balls which comes a little later on. More advanced skills can take time to master, but a child’s coordination, balance and physical development will continually improve as they grow. 
 
Do parents and carers need to stay for the sessions? Yes, and we actively encourage you to get involved and be part of the Sutton United community too! As well as the coaches, parents and carers giving their support can also help to encourage the children and ensure they have an enjoyable experience. Plus there’s free tea and coffee! 
 
Do we just turn up or do I need to book? Please contact harry.dunne@suttonunited.net to book as this will also help us to manage numbers and ensure we have the right coach to child ratio. The great news is that we’re offering the first session for free, and it’ll then be £5 after that. 
 
Can my child continue at Sutton United beyond age 3? We have an extensive pathway at the club, including age groups teams starting from age 7, and also a girls' development squad for age 5+. 

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