We must make certain that the first precept of development that greets children, as they come to explore this beautiful game, is FUN. Although, many of our Grassroots Festivals, which cater to young children from the ages of 6 – 12, have been successful in achieving this, it is essential for us to implant a program that has no end, one that has a systematic continuity.
To do so satellite programming headed by Youth Development Officers (YDO) can allow for 8 – 10 week programs that can be conducted two periods per year. It is essential that we recognize that our children come to “play”. With this in mind, the focus of our grassroots programming on field will be that of age appropriate “game activities” as opposed to drills. This program is essential to the promotion of “Football for Life”.