About The English Soccer School Singapore

By | March 15, 2017

About The English Soccer School  Singapore

THE ENGLISH SOCCER SCHOOL

Why ESS

The English Soccer School is so much more than ‘just a Soccer School’.

At ESS we pride ourselves on teaching our students skills which they can use both on and off the pitch.

Our Coaches are all English FA qualified and hold a wealth of experience of coaching worldwide and working with some of the top clubs in the UK such as, Tottenham Hotspurs, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Celtic. ESS coaches have the knowledge and experience to plan and run sessions for any age group or ability, boys or girls.

Our coaches come from England and run their sessions in English. This gives our players a chance to further improve their grasp of the English language outside of an academic environment.

Most of the time the children won’t even realize just how much English they are picking up because all their energy is focused on having a good time, but we continually see noticeable improvements in our players during the weeks that we work with them.

However, the learning doesn’t stop there. We like to instill into our students skills and attributes which they can take out into the wider world and characteristics which will benefit them in later life.

Skills such as team-work, responsibility, communication and self-confidence all come as a result of playing team sports such as Soccer and at ESS we encourage out students to develop these ‘life skills’ just as much as we encourage passing, shooting and tackling.

Above all our coaches love to have a good time just as much as the children and sometimes even more! Our sessions, no matter what level, never lose the ‘fun’ aspect and at the end of the day it’s only a game! So if our students, 6 or 16, win or lose, have enjoyed themselves then we can feel a job well done!

We always welcome feedback from parents and students to let us know how we’re doing so if you have a comment or suggestion you would like to share with us please click here to go to our Contact Us page.

About ESS

Description

For a lot of parents, choosing the right Soccer School for their child can be difficult, especially with each school offering something new and something different.

At The English Soccer School we believe people shouldn’t base their choice on that ‘one difference’. We believe that people should base their choice on the many differences included in the whole package.

Things to consider when choosing a Soccer School for your child :

The Coaches and Coaching Coaches of the future.

A qualified coach is not enough. ESS hand picks its senior English FA , AFC qualified coaches not only on their qualifications but also on their footballing and life experiences so that our coaches can also act as teachers and mentors to our players. Football qualifications alone do not necessarily make a good coach.  Life experiences, academic qualifications, communication skills, patience and a genuine love for youth development are some of the important factors to consider.  Additionally and more importantly , we look for coaches with the ability to engage with children and a number of years coaching at a particular level of a coaching qualification, and continuous coach education is very important to us. At ESS we actively encourage the development of our own coaches and those of other soccer schools, both locally and internationally.  We teach coach education courses twice a year in Singapore for the UK accredited HNC Level 1 and 2 in Football Youth Development.  Participants, compromising teachers from international schools such as Tanglin Trust, STJII and Standford American School as well as Singapore MOE Schools . The participants over the past 2 years are far ranging in nationality, including ; British, French, German, Australian, Singaporean, Indonesian, Indian, Malaysian, Swiss, Iraqis, Thais, Brunei, and Burmese. This year we have had ESS parents on the course who were eager to learn purely out of interest!

Value For Money – Beware glamour and glitz.

ESS not only offer competitive termly rates, but the quality of coaching and customer service makes us exceptional value for money.
Our prices are affordable for both the local community and the expat community (who are usually charged inflated prices in our opinion).  Far too many schools rely on glamour and glitz on their websites, equipment and even facilities.  Football is a simple game!  First and foremost a child’s safety should not be compromised, Astroturf, grass or even hard court can be played on as long as the conditions are appropriate and conducive to safe and rewarding play.  Football should be inclusive in all manner of ways, not just in price but in reaching out to the community at large.  ESS has several locations around Singapore to make things easier for busy parents. We believe that equipment should be basic and effective, not overly technical to dazzle and impress the non-football parent.  Facilities such as showers, internet access and cafeterias are great but in reality hardly used, yet the cost is passed on to you in your child’s fees.

Sessions

At ESS we firmly believe in inclusive play, that there is a session for everyone.  All our sessions are carefully planned in accordance with English FA guidelines and our curriculum has been developed by our Chief Technical Advisor Keith Boanas, author of ‘Fun Games for Children’.
We have for many years been strong advocates of small sided games.  It is not a new philosophy and we implemented this school of thought from our inception.  Monotonous dribbling drills and children waiting to take their turn in long queues are unfortunately all too common nowadays, along with inappropriate age sized balls. If ‘location, location, location’ is the mantra for property then in football it is ‘demonstrate, demonstrate, demonstrate’.  Children understand far quicker when they are shown what to do than when they are explained to verbally.  At ESS we use size 3, 4 and 5 balls dependent on age.  We like to think our coaches are engaging and encouraging children to think for themselves and to use their imagination, particularly when it comes to game play.  The match or game should be the teacher – not the coach.  Small sided, age-appropriate games (3v3, 4v4, 5v5, 6v6) enhance this, along with small class sizes to ensure good coach to player ratios.  Too many children these days get lost in the crowd!  At ESS, we firmly believe that forcing children to pass and play pretty football is wrong!  Children should learn why they must pass before learning the rudiments of passing, the end result is not necessarily to score a goal and the emphasis should be on self- and guided-discovery.

Matches

As mentioned above the focus should be on learning, not winning at all costs – the game is the teacher.  Players should be encouraged to think for themselves, to use their imagination and not be frightened to make mistakes.  Children should be told why they are asked to take up a certain position and not just asked to fill a position or role for the sake of obtaining a winning score line.  This should also be applied in competitive matches by the coach, not just at half time but also during the game itself – winning at all costs has no benefit whatsoever, other than to stroke the ego of the coach/soccer school concerned.  Spatial awareness, crowding, movement off the ball, movement in relation to the ball, decision making, confidence to take responsibility, time on the ball , unselfishness and team work are all fundamental aspects of game play that children should be encouraged to understand – whilst not under pressure to avoid mistakes.  Children should be encouraged to play in different positions from Goalkeeper to Striker, not just for their own development but also to appreciate each position – by playing different positions, children will broaden their skillsets and have empathy with teammates.  Don’t blame the goal keeper when you concede, it’s the most difficult position to play in!

Please feel free to contact us personally by phone, email or even SMS should you wish to learn more about the ESS Philosophy.

 

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Description

For a lot of parents, choosing the right Soccer School for their child can be difficult especially with each different school offering something new and something different.

At The English Soccer School we believe people shouldn’t base their choice on that ‘one difference’. We believe that people should base their choice on the many differences included in the whole package.

Things to consider when choosing a Soccer School for your child.

The Coaches and Coaching Coaches of the future.

A qualified coach is not enough . ESS hand picks it’s senior English FA Qualified Coaches not only on their qualifications but their footballing and life experiences so that our coaches can also act as teachers and mentors to our players.Football qualifications alone do not necessarily make a good coach , life experiences, academic qualifications , articulation , patience and a genuine love for youth development as well as the ability to engage with children and number of years coaching at a particular level of a coaching qualification are some of the important factors to consider. Furthermore continous coach education is important . At ESS we actively encourage the development of our own coaches and those of other soccer schools, and local and international schools. We teach coach education courses twice a year in Singapore for the UK acredited HNC Level 1 and 2 in Football Youth Development. Participants , teachers from international schools such as Tanglin Trust, STJII , Standford American School , well as Singapore MOE Schools . The participants over the past 2 years are far ranging in nationality they include British French German Australian Singaporean Indonesian Indian Malaysian Swiss Iraqis Thai Brunei and Burmese. This year we had ESS parents on the course who were eager to learn out of interest!

Value For Money – Be aware of glamour and glitz.

ESS not only offer competitive termly rates, but the quality of coaching and customer service makes us exceptional value for money.
Our prices are affordable for both the local community and the expat community, who are usually charged inflated prices in our opinion. Far too many schools use glamour and glitz starting with their websites to equipment and even facilities. Football is a simple game . First and foremost a childs safety should not be compromised, astro turf grass or even hard court can be played on as long as the conditions are appropriate and conjusive to safe and rewarding playing. Football should be inclusive in all manner of ways not just in price but reaching out to the community at large .ESS has several locations around Singapore making it easier for busy parents. Equipment should be basic and not overally technical to dazzle and impress the non football parent. Facilities such as showers, internet access, cafeterias are great but in reality hardly used , but are they truly needed ? After all , the cost is passed on to you and you end up paying for them in your child’s fees.

Sessions

At ESS we firmly believe in inclusive play, that there is a session for everyone. All our sessions are carefully planned in accordance with English FA guidelines and our curriculum has been developed by our Chief Technical Advisor , Keith Boanas author of “Fun Games for Children ”
We have always been strong advocates for small sided games for many a year , it is not a new philosophy and we implemented this school of thought from our inception, monotonous dribbling drills and children waiting to take their turn in long queues are unfortunately all to common nowadays along with inappropriate age sized balls . If location location location is the mantra for property then in football it is demonstrate demonstrate demonstrate . Children understand far quicker than being explained to verbally. At ESS we use size 3 , 4 and 5 dependent on age. We like to think our coaches are engaging and encourage children to think for themselves and to use their imagination especially when it comes to game play. The match or game should be the teacher – not the coach. Small sided age appropriate games 3v3 4v4 5v5 6v6 enhances this along with small class sizes and good coach to player ratios. Too many children these days get lost in the crowd! Forcing children to pass and play pretty football is wrong! Children should learn why they must pass before learning the rudiments of passing, the end result which is not necessarily to score a goal and emphases should be on self and guided discovery.

Matches

As mentioned above the focus should be on learning not winning at all costs – the game is the teacher . Players should be encouraged to think for themselves and to use their imagination and not be frightened to make mistakes. Children should be explained to why they are told to take up a certain position and not just asked to fill a position or role for the sake of obtaining a winning score line. This should also be applied in competitive matches by the coach and not just at half time but during the game itself-winning at all costs has no benefit what so ever other than stoking the ego of the coach /soccer school concerned. Spacial awareness, crowding , movement off the ball, movement in relation to the ball, decision making , confidence to take responsibility, time with the ball , unselfishness along with team work are the fundamental aspects of game play that children should be encouraged to understand and not simply pressurised into doing so. Children should be encouraged to play in different positions from goal keeper to striker not only for their own development but also to appreciate each position -don’t blame the goal keeper its the most difficult position to play in !

Please feel free to contact us personally by phone or email or even SMS should you wish to learn more about the ESS Philosophy.

Mission & Vision

Although I was born in the UK to Singaporean/Malaysian parents I finally ended up full circle back home in the heart of Asia. My family actually originated from Sembawang – Sembawang, traditionally the hotbed of local football, has produced some of the game’s biggest names for the national team.Defender S. Rajagopal, hotshots V. Sundramoorthy and Quah Kim Song and his brothers are among those who cut their teeth there.

During my youth playing days in the UK, the home of the exciting English Premier League, I was fortunate enough to play in the same youth leagues and schools as such greats as former England and Arsenal defender Martin Keown and former Liverpool and England star Mark Wright and Gary Parker of Aston Villa to name but a few. Some of my friends went on to become managers of lower professional teams . I was embedded in a football culture form an early age , the culture not only consiting of playing and participation , be it a spectator or coach. I was never even close to making it as a professional player but represented my school and local sides.However being so attached to football from youth to professional level , I truly felt that my experience and involvement along with my qualifications could combine with the local football scene in Singapore , which for its size still manages to hold its own within the arena thanks to the professionalism of the FAS and its national team manager.

After developing youth development projects , for schools and local county councils in the UK, I headed to my paternal home of Singapore where I worked for the British High Comission. It was here that I realised that you didn’t need to be a well-known ex-footballer to develop football in the Lion City or be associated with a Premier League franchise.

In fact all you need is an understanding of football culture , borne out of your upbringing and environment , along with a passion for the game. Ability and genuine interest coupled with compassion to work with young people is vital. Furthermore to demonstrate all the lessons playing football brings – such as teamwork, discipline, confidence , social intelligence is vital and not forgetting a practice-makes-perfect attitude.

I set to work on developing a programme which combines soccer and education, which are suitable for both young players and coaches alike. Coaches are easy to find – role models and engaging coaches are not. Our program looks to engage excite and educate children and to guide them to being the best that they can be.

At ESS we encourage thinking outside- the “penalty-box’ while obeying the laws of the game and encouraging a healthy mix of locals and expats.

The buzzword is “inclusive”. Soccer brings people from all walks of life together, regardless of race, religion, social standing and nationality. ESS has cultivated such a culture with affordable, welcoming and rewarding soccer schools across the island.

I am en-debited to all those that have helped me along the way especially my own family and my English FA tutor Keith Boanas who continually visits us in Singapore to conduct coaching courses . His passion for the game and genuine love for youth development and coach education has helped us to develop further in the region and as a result has had a positive affect on the wonderful children we coach from countries all around the world here in wonderful Singapore.

We are extremely blessed to have such supportive parents who believe in what we do and appreciate what we are trying to do .

I would like to thank all our parents for your support and continuous encouragement.

Thank you.

Our Value

For a lot of parents, choosing the right Soccer School for their child can be difficult especially with each different school offering something new and something different.

At The English Soccer School we believe people shouldn’t base their choice on that ‘one difference’. We believe that people should base their choice on the many differences included in the whole package.

Things to consider when choosing a Soccer School for your child!

The Coaches
ESS hand picks it’s English FA Qualified Coaches not only on their qualifications but their footballing and life experiences so that our coaches can also act as teachers and mentors to our players.

Value For Money
ESS not only offer competitive termly rates, but the quality of coaching and customer service makes us exceptional value for money.

Sessions
At ESS we firmly believe in inclusive play, that there is a session for everyone. All our sessions are carefully planned in accordance with English FA guidelines and our curriculum has been developed by our Chief Technical Director, Keith Boanas. Please see Our Locations to find an ESS program near you.

Facilities
ESS has access to various facilities around Singapore dependent on type of program for that specific location , from grass field to hard court.

Progression
Some parents want their child to be involved in Soccer and have the chance to have fun with players of their own age whilst learning the basics, which is we think is great! However, some parents want to see their child progressing, learning and improving at the same time and we also think this is great! This is why we have recently re-developed our Academy setup in order to give our players who want to learn how to play football, instead of just learning to play football, a chance to make the next step towards a competitive level.

The Football Association has voted in favour of making small-sided formats for certain age-groups mandatory. Proposals including smaller sided games on smaller pitches and smaller goals were voted in by an 87% majority.
We are pleased to announce that ESS since its conception have been exponents of small sided games , healthy coach to player ratio of 1 to 8 and strong advocates of football intelligence with guided discovery . We welcome the English FA initiative an applaud the FAS initiative of arranging friendly matches and the promotion of the local Singapore League from September 1st 2012.

“The smaller pitch and number of players allows greater number of touches of the ball and involvement in the game, helping develop greater technical skills at a lower age.”

FA statement
“These changes are a massive step forward for the future of children’s football in this country,” said national development manager Nick Levett.
“After 138 roadshows nationwide it was fantastic to get the endorsement of the majority of the grassroots football community.” While some youngsters already play small-sided games the new pathway now includes a mandatory 5v5 format of football for under-7s and under-8s and a 9v9 format for under-11 and under-12s to be phased in by season 2014-15.

Before the vote the FA’s Head of Elite Development Gareth Southgate made a speech in favour of the proposals which FA insiders say was key.

The changes are designed to emulate the emphasis on technique and skill. “These changes are desperately needed to support the future development of youth football,” said Levett. “We need to ensure children play on pitches appropriate to them, a 10-year-old is not half a 20-year-old! “We also need an approach to competition that makes the game more
competitive for more children.”

What the changes mean
5×5 format for under-7s & 8s

9×9 format for under 11s & 12s

The FA needed 75% of the votes cast for the reforms to be approved. An FA statement said: “Introducing 5×5 for under-7s and under-8s, with progression to 7×7 and then 9×9, allows the children to play on appropriate size pitches and with appropriate size goals. “The smaller pitch and number of players allows greater number of touches of the ball and involvement in the game, helping develop greater technical skills at a lower age.”

“The smaller pitch and number of players allows greater number of touches of the ball and involvement in the game, helping develop greater technical skills at a lower age.”

Why Sport and Soccer

Taking part in sport and physical activities is more important than winning – at English Soccer School we believe it develops your child with a global mindset and prepares them for adult hood in today’s society. wether it is in Singapore Indonesia, India  , UK or elsewhere.

We often hear in the media that sports such as football (soccer) and physical activities are necessary for the purpose of preserving and improving health. But do you as a parent know how much physical activity is an important factor in the mental wellbeing as well as the health of your child?

Regular physical activity is the best guardian of children’s overall wellbeing and health

There is no lower and upper age limit for participation in physical activities. It is recommended to everyone at any time, depending on the personal characteristics and health status. Unlike adults, who usually deal with physical activity for some purpose, children’s sports and recreation are carried out through the game, and the effects are manifold for the health and proper growth and development.

Habits acquired in early childhood remain for a lifetime and are difficult to change. Because of that, your personal positive example will teach your child that physical activity is part of everyday life. During exercise proper breathing is accelerated and stimulated, more oxygen is introduced into the body, exercise accelerates heartbeat and stimulates circulation, improves the functioning of the brain, increases immunity and prevents acute and chronic diseases, prevents the occurrence of obesity, develops skeletal muscles and prevents poor posture and occurrence of spinal and foot deformity.

Sport has an impact on both the physical and psychological development of children

Regular physical activity is the best guardian of health. Through sports, games and other physical activities, children gain confidence, meet nice feeling of success and socialize, self-esteem, decision making, independence… Physical activity helps children to deal with behavioral problems, by preventing and controlling of high-risk behaviors such as smoking, alcoholism and abuse of psycho-stimulating substances and drugs, so that children and young people learn the real values and a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to the positive effects on physical health and the proper growth and development of the child, it is important that sport improve stamina, speed, flexibility, coordination and ultimately strength and durability. Pleasant tiredness after physical activity provides the child with a quick and easy dream to improve blood circulation to the brain. Increasing oxygen supply allows better and longer concentration and easier understanding the tasks imposed, accelerates the process of thinking and enables easier acceptance of any kind of challenges. All these result in a positive attitude towards the possible problems and life in general.

Team sports boost team spirit

Sport requires socializing and contact with other children. Something we emphasise and encourage at the English Soccer School It helps developing of social intelligence and team building. So, it is very important choosing of sports which involve more children, such as football. Significant are long-term positive effects of activities and actions that are reflected in proper development of bones and muscles, strengthening the defense capacity of the body, but also in the formation and maturation of the child’s personality. When it comes to team sports, it is important that they teach kids the skills and habits they need later in life. It is very helpful because the child learns responsibility to the obligation to go to training on time, teammates encourage each other and children learn to win and lose with dignity. However, one of the main advantages is that the children expand their circle of friends, so besides classmates they will have friends from training. Another important feature is the fact that in group sports, children learn teamwork and they are all fighting for a common goal. In addition, children will have their own role models outside the family, for example, their coach. Children who are dealing with team sports show more initiative and often have more motivation to achieve the goal then the other children.

Benefits of sport

–      Improves balance and coordination

The term coordination means the most economical derived movement, where all movements make a harmonious whole. During physical exercise it should be insisted that children exercise rationally, without unnecessary movements and excessive energy consumption in accordance with a given motor form. For the development of coordination all forms of exercise are used, however, the most suitable are natural forms of movement and children’s games.

–       Encourages intelligence

In addition to a positive influence on human health, it has been proven that sport encourages the development of intelligence. Sport activities increase energy levels in the brain and helps it work faster and more efficiently.

–        Solves behavioral problems

There is a complex of educational impacts of physical exercise: education will, character and conscious discipline, positive work attitude, disciplined and conscious relationship to collective,  developing interest and sense of beauty, the development of humanism and patriotism, education concerning, the proper use of leisure time and many others. All of this play the main role in solving behavioral problems of children.

–        Helps in overcoming difficulties in the learning process

Achieving significant sporting results encourages the acquisition of work habits, develops values such as persistence, the will and creativity. As a character trait, these values may lead to solving learning difficulties.

–        Develops interest and sense of beauty

It is in human nature to enjoy the beautiful, to feel the need for the experience of beauty, whether it is about the beauty of nature, the environment, movements, body, art work and the like. In the process of physical activity children are in a position to enjoy the beauty of the game, movement, and proper body posture, the beauty of the environment.

–        Helps the development of humanism

Sporting activities provide a great opportunity to develop in children a sense of humanity and friendship. These are, for example, moments when an individual, during the game and despite the desire to win, controls his actions, with the presence of consciousness that he doesn’t have to win at all costs, shouldn’t hurt the other person and must help someone, if it is needed.

–       Develops a positive attitude towards property

Gained sense of responsibility to the property, exercise devices and props that are used during exercise shall be transferred to family life, and later in the workplace in the institution, factory or manufacturing.

–       Increases awareness of the need for activity

Physical activity, especially games (children’s and sports), wake up in children positive emotional state, strengthen the faith in their own strength and capabilities end strengthen life optimism.

If we want to live in a civilized society and a society with responsibility for the future of our children, we must act and commit to the massification of sport, because in the end, it is a benefit for the individual and for society as a whole. It is important to develop sportsmanship in children, and teach them that it is important to participate in sports, not only to win.

There are several good sources (academic references) that refer to the importance of sports in children’s mental development and brain function. Here’s the useful list:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Olds, T, Tomkinson, G, Leger, L and Cazorla, G 2004. Worldwide variation in children’s fitness: a meta-analysis of 109 studies on the 20m shuttle run from 37 countries.
  • Shephard, R 1997. ‘Curricular physical activity and academic performance’, Paediatric Exercise Science, 9:113–25.
  • Welk, G, Corbin, C and Dale, D 2000. ‘Measurement issues in the assessment of physical activity in children’, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 71(2):59–73.
  • The Physical Activity Patterns of European Youth with Reference to Methods of Assessment. Prof. Neil Armstrong, Joanne R. Welsman
  • Understanding participation in sport and physical activity among children and adults: a review of qualitative studies Steven Allender, Gill Cowburn and Charlie Foster
  • Physical activity and clustered cardiovascular risk in children: a cross-sectional study (The European Youth Heart Study). Prof Lars Bo Andersen,  Maarike Harro,  Prof Luis B Sardinha, Karsten Frobergd.
  • Ram Weiss, Itamar Raz: “Focus on childhood fitness, not just fatness”

Sports Quotes

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” Hank Aaron

“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable.” Tom Landry