At Bodmin Youth we believe football can bring out the best in our young players.
First of all it should be something they just love doing, something they get a buzz from, and something they feel a part of.
As they get older and understand that the game is more competitive, they will learn determination and teamwork and that what you put in you get out, and that you can win, and that you can lose, and that you win with pride but also humility, and that you lose with disappointment but also grace.
Whatever level, we try to teach them to win and lose as a team and to play with a purpose but also fairness.
We hope they will take from it an ability to focus, comradery, friendship, fond memories, the idea that they are part of a wider community, maybe the odd medal or two, and a feeling that running around chasing a ball is good for your mind and body.
We believe that football, played in the correct spirit, has the ability to instil important life-long lessons.
Our aim, through playing and coaching, is to make them better people by being better players.
However, this also requires a level of understanding from you the parents.
We adhere to the FA guidelines that state parents need to respect their child’s ability and the fact that they are only children.
Encouragement is good but any sort of disapproval of their performance or of a club’s officials, the opposition’s parents and the referees is unhelpful, and will undermine the child, set a poor example, and goes fundamentally against what we are trying to achieve.
As I am sure you know, together is better.
We are a no smoking club. Smoking at the grounds during matches and training is not permitted