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Building RESILIENCE – How we do it at Great Goals

Updated: May 16, 2023

Children are constantly learning, and they’re constantly developing. That’s why Great Goal coaches aim to teach them valuable lessons at every chance possible!

Building Resilience – How we do it at Great Goals
Building Resilience – How we do it at Great Goals

Our coaches not only give children quality football skills but also help them develop their coping mechanisms and emotional handling skills. By teaching them what true sportsmanship means, they start to reflect during their game and otherwise too!

​​By assisting children develop positive communication, behaviour and values through sports, our coaches help players learn how to communicate effectively with others. We facilitate their ability to handle wins with humility and loss with grace, a skill that they will use through life.

Here Are Some Methods That Our Coaches Use To Implement Positive Behaviour.

Effort and Commitment

At Great Goals, children are often emphasised on the importance of putting real efforts & commitment into their football training. Our coaches constantly encourage them by positively rewarding their efforts. We present them with “Player of the Month”, “Match-day Superstars” and other such awards that recognize and reward effort and consistency which in turn motivates children to perform better!

Teaching winning with humility and losing with grace.

Our coaches focus on ensuring that the team who loses feels nothing but more encouraged to perform better in their next competition. We talk to the players to understand the way they feel after losing or winning a game to ensure that we positively impact them during such sensitive situations by reinforcing to be humble with their win, we teach them to celebrate in a way that is not offensive to their opponent’s team.


We teach our children that when they play as a team, they should take collective responsibility. They are taught not to pinpoint any player as the reason for winning or losing a game. This is necessary to build trust and respect between team members and discards any sort of possible unhealthy rivalry between team mates.

Building resilience Teaching positive coping skills

We teach our children to believe that for every win there is a loss, and for every loss there is a win in sport. We positively encourage them to stand up after each time they get knocked down and continue to give their best. And we not just believe but are vocal with players that feelings are important. Especially while playing a sport, many players can feel emotional. Our coaches encourage the children to express their feelings freely but responsibly by being transparent, while also not being offensive. Respectful communication is the key here, which is why our coaches take the time to sit with children after every game to debrief with them on what they are feeling, and teaching them to leave all feelings on the field and walk off with only the lessons.

Goal Setting – Allowing children and setting goals for themselves

We believe in setting each child up for success. Each child is mentored to set a goal for themselves – what matters is not that it is big or small, but whether they achieve it. We encourage our players to reflect on their improvement and provide feedback that is specific about individual strengths and areas of improvement, and our coaches help them with tips, techniques and reminders.

Decision Making and Problem Solving

A big part of football coaching is teaching children to identify situations, solutions and to make decisions, all in split seconds. These skills are very crucial in the game and in life overall!

Role modelling

Our coaches act as role models to these young people who want to look up to someone who’s great at football and off the field. We not only coach, but also guide their path & support them in each step of their journey.

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