What is success?

James Wilson (Head Coach) and I recently delivered a presentation to the committee of Clifton United, designed to help us all create an even better environment for the children at Clifton United to enjoy their football. We discussed ‘what do children see as success?’ – answers include ‘having fun’, ‘getting better at football’, ‘scoring a goal’, ‘winning a match’ and ‘making friends’. We also considered what we, as coaches, see as success. Children having fun, coming back next week (and next year), trying their best, developing important life skills (confidence/resilience etc.) and showing respect to all, are all things that we love to see.

What do you see as success?

As a parent of two football loving boys, I have considered this question many times over the years. When my kids were younger I used to drop their mates home after matches sometimes. The most common question I heard being asked by Mum or Dad on the doorstep was ‘did you win?’ Is this indicative of success? Another common one is ‘Did you score?’ but ‘did you set up a goal?’ or ‘did you stop a goal’ could be even better questions. It is an interesting process to write down what success looks like to you.

We feel we are running a successful club at Clifton United but want to be even more successful. There are many ways we can improve – one way is for us to provide you with more regular information about our coaching ethos. We aim to create a safe environment where children can have fun, develop as individuals, learn from mistakes and feel empowered. Our dedicated Team Managers are always willing to answer any questions you may have, we will be writing a series of blogs in the months to come and we hope you will join us for a presentation in the New Year.

Let’s hope the weather allows the children to be successful at the weekend!

Andy Edwards (Development Phase Support Coach)