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Total Football Experience

 Learning beyond the classroom –


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There is undoubtedly no substitute for real life experience in the wider world. Residential trips abroad provide a great opportunity for players to gain such experience and face a range of challenges that can contribute significantly to their personal development.

Players may feel that they know their team mates and coaches well from week to week contact at training and matches, but the experience of being with them on a residential trip can add a completely new dimension. It raises the whole area of interpersonal skills, including leadership, team work, trust and respect. There are also other benefits particularly those involving self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience. Of course, there is also the contribution to the acquisition of knowledge, development of skills and preparing them for the wider world.

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Research suggests that residential trips have the profound ability to inspire players into having greater aspirations academically, hence broadening their horizons for their future. This is a highly creative aspect of education which can sometimes easily be overlooked in favour of more academic, classroom based learning outcomes.

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In most countries trips abroad come under ‘Curriculum Enrichment’ which is a part of every educational study programme. A recent report concluded that learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving learners’ personal, social and emotional development. In addition, there are a great number of research papers and evidence which highlight the benefits of taking students on trips, particularly abroad.

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The key benefits of sports related trips for young learners include physical skills, activity and knowledge, personal and social development, the opportunity to set and achieve personal goals, environmental awareness and health & fitness.

Curriculum enrichment trips abroad can change attitudes and raise aspirations, through participation in new activities. Rising to new challenges and living alongside their peers helps pupils to become more adaptable and confident which is critical to so many areas of their development. This kind of trip also has the potential to lay strong foundations for encouraging successful learning and building positive attitudes which subsequently leads to improvements in achievement and motivation in all areas, including academic.

Total Football Experience organise football training camps and matches in England, Croatia, Spain, Portugal Slovenia.  They also offer 10 other sports in different regions of Spain.  Get in touch at ritchie@totalfootballexperience.com

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