Sport is undergoing an upsurge in popularity across Russia recently â the successful winter and Paralympic Games in Sochi impressed us all. Next up for Russia will be the Football World Cup in 2018! Now really appears to be an exciting time for sport in Russia!
Russia certainly seems the place to be to watch sport, however what about taking active part in sport, and the legacy of these global competitions taking place on Russian soil. There seems to have been a positive effect in the amount of young Russians taking part in various sports. However, sporting opportunities are often limited to Russian speakers.
Take football as an example, currently there is only one football competition that International children living in Moscow take part in â the Moscow Youth Soccer League (MYSL). This tournament takes place only in September and October each year. Otherwise there are the school competitions or playing for a Russian football team, which usually requires Russian patronage or citizenship to do that.
Think again – welcome to the British Football School!
British Football Schoolâs Director, Richard Peers, explained why he started this school.
âThis School offers the chance for children of any nationality who live in Moscow to receive professional football training by former coaches from clubs across England including Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC. We have created a specific football education program so that children can be trained in âThe British Wayâ of playing football! Their training is open to both boys and girls from the age of 3 to 14, whatever their age and ability.
âDuring my many visits to Russia through a charity I volunteered with, I was surprised at the lack of options for English speaking football training. Eventually I relocated to Russia permanently to try and change that. I started coaching for MYSL in 2012 and realized that there were no other opportunities for those children who participated to carry on practising and enjoying their football when the competition was over. So I started the British Football School to offer children living in Moscow the chance to continue their football training throughout the year.
âOur training sessions incorporate fun, games and technical practices that enable our children to learn new skills regardless of their ability. The football sessions focus on physical exercise, and are structured to incorporate key football skills such as dribbling, turning, control and much more. These are especially important to provide children with the opportunity to develop their coordination skills, but the trainings also focus on teamwork and communication. We ensure that our children have a fantastic experience when playing football. From improving their abilities through to meeting new friends and having lots fun. In addition to this, during the sessions the children are inspired to practice their English language skills.â
Based at a number of locations across Moscow, the British Football School runs various programs:
Development Centre â for children aged 5-14 wishing to excel their footballing skills and abilities through the companyâs own program of technical practices and small sided games.
Pre School â for children aged 3-7 looking to grow their love of football through fun games and exercises that develop their basic coordination skills.
After School â for children aged 5-11 to develop the basic FUNdamentals of football through fun games and matches.
Holiday Camp â for children aged 5-14. The holiday camp training sessions incorporate fun, fast moving games that enable children to enjoy the ultimate football camp experience regardless of their ability.
And in May, the British Football School are set to launch an exciting new project called the British Football Club!
Developed on the model of a childrenâs football club in the UK and led by a former Manchester United FC coach, British Football Club will have a number of different teams based upon age which boys and girls can join and play more football with the aim of developing their skills and abilities against children of their own age.
The children who join the British Football Club will have the opportunity to play structured football games against different Russian and international opponents throughout the year. The football games will be friendly matches but excitingly British Football Club players will also take part in football tournaments! British Football Club players will have the chance to experience playing in a real team and in real football stadiums! All the results, match reports and extra information will be available on a user-friendly website that will be launched in May. To add to the authentic feel, every child who joins the British Football Club will receive a personalised football shirt with their name and team number!
The British Football School offers different training programs to suit different goals ranging from a fun way to improve physical fitness to serious preparation for competitive play.
Richard has plans for his school to grow, but stresses that his personal aim is to provide the very best in professional football training within a safe and simulating environment, where all children are valued in their own personal development.
For more information about British Football School then please see their website â www.britishfootballschool.com or email [email protected]
âMy son Hamish has been attending football training at the British Football School for two terms and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. His fitness, football skills and knowledge of the game have improved greatly. The coaches are all excellent and are very friendly and relaxed with the children. They provide encouragement for all of the children regardless of their abilities. My son has also participated in a number of the friendly football matches played against Russian football teams and schools. He has enjoyed these immensely. The teams have had a great bond and team spirit, the players have learnt how to play together as a team rather than as individuals and have learnt tactics and game play. And finally, my son has enjoyed meeting and making friends with a great group of Russian and expat children of many nationalities.â
Peter Schulze, expat parent in Moscow.