Learning to play the Brazilian way

PUBLISHED: 09:28 12 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:57 26 October 2009

Youngsters show off their ball control

Youngsters show off their ball control

Reporter Mark Hemmings tries to emulate Brazilian greats Kaka and Ronaldinho at a special soccer skills school in Hatfield AS a Welwyn Hatfield Sunday League footballer, my skills could do with more than a bit of honing. A Brazilian Soccer School is now

Reporter Mark Hemmings tries to emulate Brazilian greats Kaka and Ronaldinho at a special soccer skills school in Hatfield

AS a Welwyn Hatfield Sunday League footballer, my skills could do with more than a bit of honing.

A Brazilian Soccer School is now open in Hatfield, so I went along to take part in a session and see what it is all about.

Driven by thoughts of being able to show my weekend team-mates The Ronaldinho Elastic and The Kaka Pivot, I was a keen pupil.

For the session, held at the Hatfield Leisure Centre with head coach Andrew Anastasiou, I joined in with the budding footballers at the school who are aged between five and 11-year-olds.

The aim of the sessions is to focus on developing the technique of the youngsters' skills.

All of the drills are carried out with a specially weighted size two football and pupils have hundreds of touches of it in a coaching session to build up their confidence.

I was amazed by how skilful some of my young class colleagues were.
 
It seemed second nature for them to be executing perfect step-overs and they dribbled the ball with such ease.
 
The state of the English game would certainly improve in my opinion if this kind of coaching was encouraged across the board.
 
Coach Andrew said: "We want to provide the tools for youngsters to be creative and express themselves and then in the future we will be talking about how much more talented some of our players have become."
 
Will Chippington's son Lewis, who also trains with the Tottenham Hotspur Academy, has been a member of the Brazilian Soccer School for 18 months and could not speak highly enough of it.

He said: "Brazilian Football has real benefits, it teaches young footballers to be in control of a football and gives them confidence.

"I feel it benefits Lewis, it has given him confidence. I have seen his game develop over those 18 months.

"He now has the confidence to use those skills in a game."

I learnt a few tricks on the day, but have to go away and practise them before I'm as good as my class mates!

* For more information about the Brazilian Soccer School contact www.icfds.com/hertssoutheast/ or ring Andrew Anastasiou on 07768964911.


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