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Fun Fours: Nurturing Young Talents at On The Ball Academy


As the sun sets over the latest season, the laughter and cheers of young kids engaged in a game of "Fun Fours" echo through the air. At On The Ball Academy, we understand the significance of small-sided football games for children under the age of 7. In this blog, let's explore why "Fun Fours" is a game-changer in early football development and why On The Ball Academy stands out as the best place for these budding talents to flourish.

The Power of "Fun Fours:

"Fun Fours" is more than just a game; it's a crucial developmental tool for young kids. The format, with four players on each team, not only promotes active participation but also provides ample touches on the ball. This boosts individual skill development, enhances spatial awareness, and fosters a love for the game. The emphasis on enjoyment ensures that kids associate football with fun, setting a positive tone for their future in the sport.

Why Small-Sided Games Matter:

Small-sided games like "Fun Fours" offer a tailored approach to young players' needs. With fewer participants on the field, each child gets more involved in the action, leading to increased engagement and skill acquisition. These games also mimic real match scenarios, helping kids understand the dynamics of teamwork, positioning, and decision-making in a way that is age-appropriate and enjoyable.

On The Ball Academy's Commitment:

At On The Ball Academy, we recognise the pivotal role of "Fun Fours" in laying the foundation for a child's football journey. Our approach goes beyond the game itself; it's about instilling a passion for football while nurturing essential life skills. Here's why On The Ball Academy is the ideal place for your young football enthusiast:

Expert Coaching: Our experienced coaching staff understands the unique needs of young players. We prioritize skill development, fostering a love for the game through engaging and age-appropriate training sessions.

Safe and Supportive Environment: On The Ball Academy provides a safe and supportive atmosphere where kids can explore and express themselves freely on the pitch. Our coaches focus on positive reinforcement, building confidence in every player.

Holistic Development:Beyond football skills, we emphasise the holistic development of young talents. "Fun Fours" becomes a platform for building character, teamwork, and a positive attitude both on and off the field.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our facilities are designed to create an optimal learning environment. From well-maintained pitches to modern training equipment, On The Ball Academy ensures that every child has the tools they need to succeed.

Community Spirit: Being part of On The Ball Academy means joining a community that shares a passion for football and youth development. We celebrate each success, creating an environment where every child feels valued and supported.


"Fun Fours" at On The Ball Academy isn't just a game; it's a stepping stone in a young player's football journey. As the sun sets on another day of laughter and learning, it's clear that here, on these fields, dreams are nurtured, skills are honed, and a lifelong love for football is ignited. Join us at On The Ball Academy, where the game is not just played; it's crafted into an experience that shapes the future stars of the beautiful game.

Ryan Docherty

Academy Director

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