If you're a young footballer in Sheffield and hoping to get into the professional league, take note.
Developing your skills
The first thing you need to do is develop your skills. You need to practice every day, whether it's on your own or with someone else. You can't be afraid of trying new things because if you are, then you'll never get better at anything. You should be willing to learn from others and take risks if they're worth taking. And finally, don't get frustrated when things don't seem to go as planned; this will only make it harder for you in the long run!
Aspiring young footballers should also remember that they should have confidence in themselves so they feel like they can accomplish whatever goals they set their mind on!
Finding a club
Go to a local grassroots football club and ask around. The coaches and players can be great sources of advice, especially if they're younger than you. If they're older than you, their experience is likely to be more limited (not necessarily a bad thing—it just means that what they know may only apply to players who are similar in age).
Ask your friends who play football where they train. If there's an established club/academy
nearby, the people at that club will probably have good knowledge of other clubs in the area and how their coaching differs from theirs or others' styles.
Ask your parents if they know of any clubs in your area, or follow up on their recommendations if they gave some earlier on!
You will also have to be prepared to travel. This means that you need to be able to get to the games, and make sure you are aware of any travel costs involved in attending them. It is important that you know what your financial situation is before committing yourself to anything.
The best thing about having a scout watch you play is that it can lead directly onto trials at a professional club - so keep your head down and start practising! If all goes well then it's worth getting your passport ready just in case they ask for proof of age or citizenship (as they may want their own scouted players).
If you're a young footballer and hoping to get into the professional league one day, take note.
If you're hoping to get into the professional league, here are some things to keep in mind:
Develop your skills.
Find a club.
I hope you enjoyed learning about these training tips. If you want to be professional footballer, I suggest that you start working hard now and make sure your skills are up to par with pro-level standards—then maybe one day soon we'll be writing articles about how impressive it is when a great player becomes even better! Good luck!