Team Bonding is vital in any football club, and even more so in youth football. Ok, so lets put it simply: If you have a team that’s getting on really well and everyone’s happy with each other, laughing joking and enjoying their football then you have an environment that is pleasant to be around, and also a place where parents are more willing to lend you a hand when you need one. The players are more likely to show you higher levels of respect and be listening to more often than not. On the other hand, where you have the players clicking in little groups and maybe leaving one or two players out of the main friendship group, and the same with the parents, then you could have an uneasy situation, which no coach or manager wants to find themselves in.
When your running a club you can do so many things to improve player relationships and the same for parents. Remember that the parents may not know you to well, and the same with other people in and around the club, like the secretary or the treasurer. For example: Last Christmas the Soccer Coach Uk Soccer School took its players for a day out, where they spent two hours or so bowling, and then went for a bite to eat in MacDonald’s. There is a simple idea behind that day, for the players to bond. And there’s a simple idea behind bonding, for the players to spend more time together and become even stronger friends. And it doesn’t always have to be everyone playing football!
You could take your squad for bowling like the SCUK Soccer School did, you could take them to a play area (for the younger age groups!), GO-Carting is a popular thing to do nowadays, why not take them out to a local leisure centre to have a game of something different to football? They are to name only a few ideas, and I’m sure that you could come up with a million and one more, the real aim is to make sure your players are having fun while they are at your club. This way they are more likely to not want to leave and will stick with you, and everyone around the club will be much happier knowing everyone gets on very well without any arguments.
Sometimes its not just the players that need boding! Why don’t all the parents from your club go out for a meal towards the end of the season? This way there are no players around, and everyone can have a good time and a good laugh (hopefully) which means that everyone, again, gets to know each other and this means that the group of parents click together!