Supporting children to engage in various sports and physical activity is always recommended due to a myriad of long lasting benefits. Note that we are not talking only about physical benefits but also about mental benefits. But when it comes to teenagers aiming professional career in sport, there is that certain problem with balancing passionate dedication to sport and training versus keeping track with ongoing education. Full commitment to any field of interest often leads to neglecting some other aspects of personal development which can be risky in early life phases.
Having this in mind, as well as the wish to see their players becoming self-aware, socially responsible and mature citizens, many sports clubs are investing into strategies designed to educate players in various ways along with training them for regular games. The Premier League and its clubs showed their real interest in players’ full development, both on the field and off the field.
Tournament centered around history lessons
Bundesliga tournament in Poland hosted The Reds younger than 14 and 15 recently, and the mere organization of the tournament was slightly unusual. As a part of their Education and Welfare Strategy, Liverpool’s Academy combined Bundesliga 2016 tour with sightseeing of various historical monuments in Poland last month. The original idea was to take Academy boys to the regular football tournament but to provide them with educationally useful events, such as getting familiar with the history of World War Two. Dynamic history lessons and touristic trips followed the football matches these boys played.
Trip to the key period of history
The Red U14 and U15, accompanied by Hertha Berlin, Wisla Krakow, and MSK Zilina gathered to play the regularly planned tournament. Parallel with training and matches, the boys were taken to see Oskar Schindler’s factory, Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp and several other places that keep the traces of great historical events from the period of Holocaust. Youngsters wrote memorial notes, left flowers and reacted quite emotionally. You see a connection – they had a great time, played games but also learned something from the past.
Good players and good people
The Premier League is a great model of multicultural league where players from many countries interact with their different cultures, religions, languages and believe. At the same time, they are expected to play as a smooth and synchronized team at the field. The best way to keep the sport’s spirit is to teach a team to have respect for the fairness in the game, to have an understanding of different cultures and customs. Above all, the most important thing is to teach players to help others to develop in better people. Also, this kind of trip is an adventurous and entertaining way for learning history and other subjects, as well as for getting a personal impression and attitude about some heavy topics. This way, their coaches can direct their personal development at the same time as training them to score successfully in the game.