My eldest daughter starting playing football at the age of 6. She joined a local football club and was one of two girls in a group of 35+ boys of the same age.
I didn’t know what to expect and in the first year it was quite comical how they all gravitated around the ball. The coach was clear, the main aim is that they have fun.
But as time went on her confidence was low and she was running around the pitch not able to get involved. I found it difficult to watch and my motivational speeches did little to help. Her personality wasn’t strong enough to break down the invisible barrier that developed – the boys were playing their own game. Even at this age, it was hard to watch.
If this carried on it was unlikely she would continue playing football.
So, at the age of 8 we found an all-girls team, Meninas. The first time we walked into training on a full size football pitch, you could see about 100 girls of all ages, it was incredible. For my daughter, the impact was immediate. Within a couple weeks her confidence was x10 and more importantly she was enjoying every moment.
She’s now started her third full season (u11) with an amazing group of girls (and coaches) that aren’t just teammates but close friends.
Every Saturday these girls give me a life lesson:
- Enjoy every minute
- Look out for each other (not just your own team)
- Take risks, don’t fear failure
When the opportunity came up to support the team, Substribe jumped at the chance. Having worn the same kit for 2+ years, it was time for a refresh. Substribe were very happy to oblige.
Here’s to wonderful season girls, good luck – from a very proud Dad – Steve Budd.