WHAT IS THE LITTLE OLYMPIAN PROGRAM?
The Little Olympian program has been created to develop the football skills of 3 to 5 year olds. The program will enhance the opportunities for young children to receive quality, consistent coaching. The hope is that in acquiring basic skills, participating children will not only learn correct technique but will also develop a love of the “world game”.
The Little Olympian program promotes football-based exercise and activity for younger children who are not able to be registered to play. It can be used as a stand-alone program at specific times during the week or as a way of involving younger family members on weekends while their older brothers and sisters play scheduled matches. The program is not a “technical coaching” program, but a tempered introduction to the great sport of football. The very basics of the game are introduced and experienced by the participants through different drills, practices and games.
Elite players are not the ultimate outcome we are seeking, rather the development of the individual participant’s gross motor skills in conjunction with them becoming physically active. Running, stopping, ball control, jumping, turning, balance, agility, movement and general co-ordination are all skills to be acquired and improve.
WHAT DO WE TEACH IN THE LITTLE OLYMPIAN PROGRAM?
- Coordination (body)
The very essence of movement should be an integral part of each session. Basic skills such as running, jumping, turning and twisting are to be introduced.
- Motor Skills Development
With or without a ball, the children are to be challenged in simple gross-motor skill movement.
- Hand-Eye and Foot-Eye Coordination
This is integral for all sports and ought to be developed whether or not football is ultimately their chosen sport.
- Introduction to Stretching, Exercise and their Health Benefits
Full body stretches are not advocated, but rather an introduction to such activities to educate the children on the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices.
- Basic Fundamentals of the Game and its Skills
The skills are introduced in a fun and relaxed manner. By introducing the information in a subtle way, the children are learning the basic fundamentals under the guise of having fun.
This element is important not just for football, but for life in general. One-legged stand has never been so much fun with and without the ball.
- Games and the Focus of Fun – not winning
After several weeks of sessions and practice the concept of a game becomes instinctive in the participant’s football development. Simple throw-ins and goal-kicks skills are taught, but they are basically allowed to have fun and permitted to learn through play. Participation and having fun is the key element we are seeking to promote.
We seek to instil in participants a need to show courtesy to others as they would like to be shown. The program aims to develop good athletes who accept winning and losing in the same spirit and manner. Encouragement of a positive outlook, to always look forward to the next game, is something we hope to instil.
- Rules and Regulations
We are aiming to give the children very basic rules so they can enjoy the game to a greater level. The concept of tackling and body contact will be addressed and monitored where needed.
- Respect for Others and their Space
An underlying theme will “Be respectful of all players and officials”. Enjoyment from participating in the game, regardless of the result, is to be fostered.
HOW ARE SESSIONS ORGANISED?
The sessions will be run by our senior players. The session will run for 60 minutes and all sessions will be ball orientated.
WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM START?
In 2018 the program will begin and end in Queensland school term times (see below). The Little Olympian program will occur on a Saturday morning and will kick off at 8.30am and conclude at 9.30am. The number of sessions will be determined by the number of players registering to play. The number of registered squirts in a given term will determine the number of sessions held on a Saturday morning.
TERM 1 : Saturday 3 February to Saturday 24 March 2018
TERM 2 : Saturday 28 April to Saturday 16 June 2018
TERM 3 : Saturday 28 July to Saturday 15 September 2018
TERM 4 : Saturday 13 October to Saturday 1 December 2018
WHAT DOES THE LITTLE OLYMPIAN PROGRAM COST?
The program will cost $65 per term + playing kit (shorts, socks and jersey) – optional. The fee will also include an end of term medallion. The registration fee will need to be paid in full before the beginning of each term. Players registering after the commencement of each term will be charged a pro-rata fee depending on how many weeks are left in the term.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD?
Simply call the Olympic administration office on 38444944 or complete an online registration form below.