Well the 2017/18 season has almost ended and hopefully, all of our teams have enjoyed their campaign. Some teams will have had more wins than others of course ... but fun, playing with your mates in a team, developing as a player and as a person, are all as equally as important, if not more so.
Most teams will soon be holding end of season events and some of our teams will be looking forward to local football tournaments. The majority of teams will also keep training for a period.
So, should you take a Summer break at some point? Almost certainly the answer must be yes ... and this is why:
- Coaches: You need a break to recharge batteries and to take away some of the pressure that managing a team inevitability brings. Have a rest. Get back in touch with your family!
- Parents and Supporters: Also need a break away from the weekly football routine and need to take back some family time to do other stuff, especially at weekends.
- Players: Time away from football allows them to recover from niggling injuries and allows a life outside of football. It does exist you know! It's also a great opportunity to try other sports and activities. This is particularly important for young bodies so they can develop other muscle groups other than those used for football. You'll also find players will return to football training after a break with more energy and enthusiasm, simply because they've missed their weekly football fix.
So training to the end of June is probably fair enough, especially if intensity is taken out of sessions and more fun introduced. That said, try not to train all through July or August. Take a break ... and before you know it, you'll find pre-season starts again! You'll be amazed how quickly it comes around!