As far as it’s come (from the middle ages apparently) arguably it’s where its going that’s as exciting as that overhead kick from Andy Carroll. Thrilling, record breaking performances from the likes of Ronaldo and Messi as well as the welcome emergence of women’s football, means that role models are in abundance for all kids with an interest in football.

Speaking of role models, for many young children that person is their football coach. It’s these unsung heroes who unflinchingly demonstrate good leadership, perseverance, dedication and a sense of belonging.

Legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly summed it up best in describing what it means to be a coach:

'Above all, I would like to be remembered as a man who was selfless who strove and worried so that others could share the glory, and who built up a family of people who could hold their heads up high.'

This sentiment is shared by many clubs teaching football to children today. Football coaches who work with the ClassForKids platform report that they love to ‘put smiles on faces at every class.’

And, if official figures are anything to go by, there are lots of opportunities to keep young footballers smiling, with over 80,000 mini-soccer and youth teams in the UK alone. Football for kids is thriving with a seven per cent year-on-year increase in team numbers. Clubs offer young players the opportunity to enjoy and learn in a safe and fun environment, ultimately improving the standard of football being played.  

While the coaches support the kids, who looks out for the coaches?

Each football association in the UK has a pathway which caters for multiple aims. From grassroots to elite level there are courses tailored to suit, each designed to focus on specific areas and develop skills; attacking, defending, midfield play and counter-attacking through to identifying a bespoke coaching philosophy are just a few examples. It takes discipline and determination to progress in the field.

The most successful coaches who go on to run a kids club avoid scoring an own goal by being organised. Adopting tools such as a booking management system can help stay on top of admin and parent communication. In this space there are many options, however for those looking for fit like a (goalkeepers) glove, should look to a kids activity management system which specialises in managing all information safely and securely in one place.

Those who adopt the ClassForKids booking management system talk about feeling ‘empowered and professional’. Features which power block booking, online payment processing and parent communication allow coaches to keep their head where it should be - in the game.