Soc­cer camp of­fers life les­son

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

SOC­CER: Coach of the West Ham Ocea­nia (soc­cer) Academy, Li­ton Za­man, at a re­cent visit to the Whitsundays ad­mit­ted not ev­ery­one is go­ing be be a premier league foot­baller.

“What we are try­ing to gear ev­ery­one up with is life skills,” he said.

“Mak­ing them a bet­ter per­son in life and whether you take up any dif­fer­ent sports we are ty­ing to make you a bet­ter per­son in so­ci­ety.”

Za­man said there were four as­pects of the game that the academy fo­cused on.

“Tech­ni­cal abil­ity is one but then we are look­ing at the psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pects of the game: How do you deal with a neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

“That skill can be used in any part of life.”

Then the so­cial as­pects of the game were in­ves­ti­gated.

“How are you in­ter­act­ing with other play­ers that you don't know? Who is car­ry­ing your kit bag? Is it your par­ents?”

Za­man said the kids had been ex­posed to a lot of new things but he got a sense the kids were ben­e­fit­ing form the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It will take time to pick up new skills but the best thing is ev­ery­one wants to learn,” he said.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

IN TRAIN­ING: Kids at the West Ham soc­cer camp held at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark re­cently.

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