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Child-First, Whatever the Age
Tots Coaching are testament to the fact that the Play Their Way principles of Voice, Choice and Journey can be harnessed to coach even the youngest of children, ensuring their first impressions of sport and physical activity are healthy, enjoyable and holistic – giving them a foundation to continue being active from one to 100.
by Ian Slattery
While the West Yorkshire-based organisation hosts rugby and football sessions for children as young as one, they show age is no barrier in their commitment to a child-first coaching philosophy.
Although such a young age does physically change the ability of very young children to voice their views, the coaching team keep tuned in to the mood and enthusiasm of the group, ready to change up the session to keep them engaged and having fun.
The parents are also heavily included at these sessions, which is vital to keep the toddlers safe, happy and understood. No one knows a child’s mood and motivations better than their parents or guardians, meaning ongoing conversations and ideas sharing is essential to the success of Tots Coaching.
Club Case Study: Tots Coaching
"The way we coach changes every time we have a new child," explained Coach and Director of Tots Coaching, Mick Bamford.
"We start off with a template but we’re ready to move off from that. If we see a child has taken an activity off in a different direction, we’re like, ‘great, let’s all run with this.'"
To ensure all the session planning starts from a child-first perspective, Mick prioritises the key tools that create the best environment for a child to thrive: what can we do that will be engaging, interesting and fun?
When it’s fun, the young kids don’t realise they’re learning and developing. When we talk about developing, we’re not looking so much at sports skills, we’re more interested in how they are interacting with other kids, with the coaches, other parents, their confidence levels. That’s the biggest win for us.”
Mick Bamford Coach and Director of Tots Coaching
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