Football empowerment for girls

Christmas is a time for joy, inclusivity and coming together, and that was demonstrated well in Hong Kong over the festive period as the Asian Football Confederation announced details of a programme dedicated to empowering women through football in the region.

Girls’ and Womens’ football is gaining increasing traction and momentum across the globe, and the aims of the project in HK are to encourage and increase participation levels, whilst highlighting physical health benefits and other career pathways for women to make a living through sport.

 

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Photo Credit: Mar Bocatcat

It’s delivered through a number of stakeholders in Hong Kong, so expect more events coming up, including a seminar on International Women’s Day on March 8. You can read more about the project here.

If you are, or know of a female in your life who is looking to get involved in football or improve their game, please get in touch. footballbydesign offer a number of bespoke classes for players, as well as advice and courses on how to enter the coaching side.

10 Reasons Why You Should Play Football in Hong Kong

The venues

Not many countries can lay claim to having venues either in the midst of skyscrapers one way, and rugged mountains the others. Nowhere else in the world can you find such a high number of quality pitches with breathtaking backdrops.

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It’s the law

Well, almost.. Hong Kong law requires there to be access to free sports pitches for each village and town in Hong Kong, which is why there is an abundance of pitches to play at.

The weather

Okay, so Hong Kong can get a bit (very!) humid which makes any waking moment slightly uncomfortable. However, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth! Any climate that allows you to don shorts and t-shirt the entire year round is made to play football. Put those longjohns away and get outside!

Think of the children

One of the great tragedies of modern technology is it distracts kids from being… kids! Signing them up to play football in Hong Kong means they get to experience the great outdoors, make new friends and improve their confidence. Plus you can get a few extra hours each week to spend doing what you want. Whether that’s playing football yourself, enjoying a hard earned drink, or just lying down in a quiet, dark room! Take a look at the available classes in Hong Kong with footballbydesign here.

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Fitness

Playing football is a great way to stay active and improve your fitness. A weekly kickabout with friends or an organised league game has been proven to bring physiological advantages, but also psychological and social ones too.

Seeing more

With endless numbers of pitches in Hong Kong (it’s the law, remember) you can get to see a lot of Hong Kong through just playing soccer. Hidden away amongst the bustle of HK island, dotted about on Kowloon or tucked up in the northern reaches of the New Territories, there’s always somewhere new to see.

The coaches

The standard of coaching in Hong Kong is steadily improving, especially with the influx of English-speaking and increasing number of qualified coaches each year. Most experienced and qualified coaches will know how to improve your game, and where the best place is to begin, so get in touch with your local coach to get started. To start your coaching journey in Hong Kong, check out here.

The glory

Hong Kong is one of the only countries in the world to offer more than one chance at a trophy in tournaments. With the Cup being the most coveted prize, if you miss out you can still win the Trophy, Shield or Bowl, so you have a 400% increased chance of winning some silverware!

Travel

Hong Kong is the travel hub of Asia. The close proximity of so many countries allows you easily hop in and out of exotic and interesting places, competing in tournaments and gaining invaluable travel experiences. If you want to head on tour with your team, let us know here and we can point you in the right direction.

Making new friends

The turnover of people is very high in HK, and people come and go with the regularity of a HK taxi driver speeding past your flailing signalling arm. As such, playing football, or any team sport, you will meet so many new people and make so many new friends. So get out there and don’t be a loner!

Christmas Soccer Camps

Christmas is close, and over the festive and New Year period footballbydesign are hosting their regular holiday camps at the Australian International School in Kowloon Tong (AISHK).

The upcoming holiday is an unusually long one, so there are SIX weeks of camps available to enrol for.

Week 1 / Mon 19th Dec – Friday 23rd Dec 2016
Week 2 / Wed 28th Dec – Friday 30th Dec 2016*
Week 3 / Mon 2nd Jan – Friday 6th Jan 2017
Week 4 / Mon 9th Jan – Friday 13th Jan 2017
Week 5 / Mon 16th Jan – Friday 20th Jan 2017
Week 6 / Mon 23rd Jan – Friday 27th Jan 2017

Prices:
HK$ 300 / day
HK$ 1450 / week*

*Note Week 2 is only a 3 day week, and priced at the daily rate.

Click here to enrol, and ensure you don’t miss out on the fun games, matches and prizes in store.

Girls U18s – Open Trials

New to this term is our Girls U18s squad, in which our first open trials session is being held at Morse Park on Monday 5th September from 4.30pm – 6.00pm.

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible to attend the trial. If you are interested, feel free to get in touch with us via phone or email or alternatively pass on our details to anyone you know who may be interested too.

Squad training will take place at Morse Park each Monday at the same time, with matches typically taking place up to twice a month on Saturday afternoons.

coach education

With our extensive network across football, footballbydesign can offer coaches the opportunity to continue their learning, all over the world. Football is a constantly-evolving game, and it’s important to stay ahead of the competition.

Whether you are looking to get involved in coaching for the first time, or you’re an experienced professional looking to fill a gap in your CV, we can arrange the right course for you.

Visit our Coach Education page to see what courses or education tours are upcoming, or get in touch if you would like to enquire more about the courses we provide.

Football for fun

In a 2014 study conducted at George Washington University, young athletes were asked why they played sport. The overwhelming response (90%) was for fun!

Of course fun is subjective, but typical responses for their interpretation of fun included trying their best and being treated respectfully by coaches and teammates.

Here at footballbydesign we understand the need to ensure that the environment children learn in is fun, as well as being challenging and engaging. If fun is their primary motivation behind playing sport, you can be sure that if that stops, so will their participation, irrespective of their ability.

All of our sessions are designed to ensure each participant is intrinsically rewarded by maintaining an element of fun, so check out our sessions to see which one will suit your child.

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Starting the football journey…

It doesn’t take an extensive Google search to find studies which show a positive relationship between young children playing sport and the benefits it provides now and in later life. Sport provides a platform for people to thrive physically, mentally and socially, and the younger the person, the sooner these benefits can be reaped.

Whether it’s developing motor skills with basic hand-eye or hand-foot coordination, mixing, mingling and making new friends in their team or helping to develop positive self esteem, sport’s beneficial impact should not be underestimated.

footballbydesign are committed to enabling children to learn and develop these important life skills whilst providing a fun and safe environment to do so. Head over to our relevant Football Programmes section to find a suitable class for you and your child.

Hello world!

footballbydesign have landed in Hong Kong, and we are looking to change the way football is delivered to today’s youth. Based in Sai Kung, we provide bespoke football programmes for beginner, intermediate and advanced players – who play for fun, fitness, friends or competition. Whether it be a team, an individual or a group of players looking to improve we can tailor our programmes for every need.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for up to date information on our classes, our whereabouts and latest news.

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