The Youth Academy finds it important that children are not only able to play on the field, but also outside of the field and when children grow up in such a difficult and comprised environment, it is highly important that we stand up for those children and nurture them the best way we can in order to have a better future. When being part of a team, many skills are developed such as dignity and being a team player and leader on the field and in life, who needs to be disciplined and either you win or lose, you will always do your best!

That playing sports does not only serve as a fun activity, but can also help developing life skills, is explained by Martin Camiré, who is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.

Life skills can be divided into four categories; Behavioural, cognitive, social and personal. When people, and especially children who are still growing and developing, are involved in a team sport these four categories are all positively stimulated. Being part of a team means communicating effectively while being on the field and outside of the field, in feedback or strategy sessions for example. Since you are part of something bigger than just yourself while playing in a team, it is important to make effective decisions or at least try to, because your decisions can influence others. For example, if a the goal keeper does not show up for a game, the whole team will be influenced, this creates a feeling of responsibility. Playing a team sport means working together in order to win, therefore it is important to know how to help each other, trust each other and try to figure out how everyone’s different skillset can come together and contribute to the bigger picture. Moreover, playing sport will help children in their personal development regarding setting goals; You are constantly busy with winning and improving as a team and as a player. The life skills which you will learn and develop on the field will eventually contribute in your day to day life when, for example, dealing with personal issues, such as going to school or starting a career.