With Euro 2016 the hot topic at the moment football is at the forefront of lots of people’s minds.
Enjoying the outdoors and playing sports is an essential part of every child’s development and even if they don’t go on to be Joe Hart or Ronaldo (and who knows they may!) should absolutely be given the opportunity to make themselves the best person they can be, make new friends and have the opportunity to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.
Lidl Football Zones, popping up around the country over the Summer, are designed to raise awareness of the FA Skills programme in England, and the Lidl Skills Centres in Scotland.
Last Saturday we visited one of the Lidl Football Zones in Leicester City Centre to learn more about the initiative.
Supervised by accredited coaches, on hand to give tips and help children hone their football skills, there are four activities for youngsters to have a go at and get more involved with football. The activities have been designed to develop technical ability with fun speed and reaction challenges.
The coaches can also tell you more about the programme near you offering football after school and holiday clubs by the FA.
The challenges include:
- test your reactions using an interactive mat to put the lights out using either your ball or foot against the clock
- check your kick against a wall which measures the kick’s speed
- chip the ball into a trolley worth 25, 50, 75 or 100 points
- dribble the ball through cones then bounce the ball using your feet or keepie-uppies five times against the clock
The boys spent a brilliant hour or so trying out the different challenges.
Ethan isn’t a massive fan of playing football. He plays it at school with his friends but isn’t interested in playing for a team and his skills aren’t great however he was top of the leaderboard in the “reaction” challenge for quite a while (even when we checked again later in the day!
Noah managed to get a ball in the 25 point trolley which was much harder than it looked! He has just started to train with a club which he really enjoys but we will have to wait a while, when the season starts, to see if he is picked for any matches. Watch this space!
As well as the football activities, you get the opportunity to sample some of Lidl’s delicious products. Did you know that two thirds of produce sold by Lidl is from the UK?
More details of the Lidl Football zones in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kent, Liverpool and the Highlands can be found here.
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