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Is my child too old to start playing Football?

A question we often get asked is "is my child too old to start playing football?"

Only recently I received a message to say 'my child would like to start playing football, ' but he is not very good ', the child in question was 7 years old!

What does 'good' mean anyway, how is it defined, and who thinks a child should; be good at it by the time they are 7 years old? Being good at anything is always relative, but judging if someone is good at something or not, completely misses the point of participating in sport anyway.

So in answer to the question, of course, it's never too late for your child to start playing soccer and football, regardless of their age. In fact, I would go as far as to say it's never too late to ever start playing football or trying anything new.

I took up surfing in my 30s, and the joy it has brought me over the years has been unbelievable. The benefits from keeping, fit, enjoying the outdoors, the process of learning, foreign holidays at fantastic surf spots, weekends away with friends and family in Cornwall, etc have changed my life without a doubt. So am I any good at surfing? Who really cares, I simply love everything about it, and it's certainly been less impact on my joints than years of playing football were!

Further to the pure enjoyment of participating in a sport, it can also have many benefits for physical and mental health, regardless of whether or not a child goes on to compete at a high level. So in summary I would say, encourage your child to give it a try and see if they enjoy it regardless of whether they are 5, 10, or 15 years old!

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