Local opportunities for little footballers
- To avoid long journeys to training sessions, children start off by training at their home club and in their own social environment.
- Instead of making the children travel to Grasshopper Club Zürich, the club comes to them.
- Grasshopper Club Zürich no longer runs teams for the youngest age groups (U6–U10). We believe children should play football in the local environment where they live and grow up.
- Grasshopper Club Zürich has partnerships with grass-roots football clubs and endeavours to work closely with clubs from the local region.
- Highly trained GC coaches offer child-friendly football training in specific regions. Coaches from the grass-roots football clubs have the opportunity to benefit from their expertise too through coaching development and training.
- Grasshopper Club Zürich is known as an expert provider of children's football coaching and acts as a role model for development at this level in the local region.
- Children should be allowed to play football without any pressure. Belonging to a high-profile club at this age risks creating false hopes, not least amongst the children's parents and those around them.
- Coaching is usually based on a "must-win" mentality and takes little account of child-oriented training.
- Potential talent is hard to spot at this level. What we see is what a child is currently capable of. It is not possible to carry out a reliable assessment of a child's talent until they reach the age of 11 or 12.
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