From the very early childhood, I have seen that my parents have provided much importance to keeping my sibling and me fit and healthy. They were in fear that too much of staying inside the home might make us obese. Children nowadays have developed sedentary lifestyle and hence they are suffering from obesity and many other associated negative outcomes (Wagner, 2017). Therefore, my parents started taking us to the neighborhood playground where we used to play football. What started as a method to keep us fit became our love and I could never stay without a single day without playing football.
Throughout the primary and secondary sessions of schooling, I had been an active member of the football club. I had gradually learnt about the technical aspects of playing the game. With the help of my mentors also, I have developed some of the most important skills required in playing football. Power, speed as well as agility had been the main fundamental skills that are extremely important for gaining excellence in the sport (Gordon, 2017). My trainer had advised that skilled soccer player required sprinting, jumping as well as maneuvering all round the field with explosive power. Therefore, in order to build power, I am doing plyometrics that are also called jump training. Agility mainly means that the individual should be able to maneuver quickly at the same time of marinating control as well as form (Elliason, 2015). I have developed the knowledge that speed and agility go hand in hand. Therefore, I am conducting high knee drills for the strengthening of the hip flexures and thereby developing quickness. Dribbling, passing, shielding, trapping, tackling, shooting and goalkeeping are other skills, which are also important. One of the most important things that such skills had helped me to achieve is a healthy lifestyle. I believe that all these engagements in order to learn the skills, keep me busy throughout the day and had helped me to learn time management. My personal view about games had evolved over time when I learnt effective time management skills, as I had to juggle both my academics and sport activities equally. Therefore, I believe that such sport helps an idivudual to become more responsible and disciplined, helping the society to achieve responsible citizens.
When I was a child, there were hardly any opportunities like sports coaching or similar other services that could help me learn the skills of football. At that time, my father and my uncle used to make me understand the different aspects by watching in the television as well as on the fields practically. However, when I was in eighth grade, my school provided the opportunity of participating in the football club that had opened recently. This provided me the scope to learn football skills from a trainer where I came to develop many interesting skills and even certain “smart work” that I needed to develop while playing games. When I was in the tenth standard, the concept of sports coaching came up and I immediately took admission there. Besides, the time when I used to study for my academics, I used to spend most of the time playing football or watching them. Therefore, gradually in course of time, I started taking it as a passion and wanted to play football throughout my life.
Researchers are of the opinion that participation in the sports had helps in creation of social identity (Black, 2015). Researchers have conducted studies where they have found that high school youth who participated in the different types of organized sports activities viewed sports as a place for meeting young people who are sharing common interests (Mayeza, 2015). Sports gave me an opportunity for developing team-working skills and helped me to learn how to work collaboratively (Haycock & Smith, 2014). Moreover, I have seen sports to be acting as a method of breaking the stereotypes. Therefore, my personal view is that this is another reason why I like sports exceptionally. Moreover, I have been able to interact with different types of people with their respective cultural backgrounds. This had helped me to develop cultural tolerance and overcome cultural biasness effectively. Sports had exposed me to different situations like conflicts, blame games, negative feelings as well as power struggles (Cushion et al., 2017). All these situations had not only helped me critical thinking skills, conflict resolution skills, negotiation skills, decision making skills as well as problem solving skills but also had helped me develop tolerance levels and self regulation skills (Potrac, Nelson & O’Gorman, 2016). These had indeed helped to develop as an individual helping in personal development.
Playing football had helped me to keep myself fit, healthy, and away from any lifestyle disorders. However, another of my personal view is that it is physically demanding and often I feel weak after coming back from my practice sessions. Often playing in the heat also gives me a hard time and I feel much drained out after intense sweating. However, the passion and love that I had developed over the years had made me competitive where such barriers cannot prevent me from playing football again.
I also advise the children of the recent generations to engage themselves with any form of sport as it not only enables physical fitness but also enables mental and emotional stability.
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