For me, it doesn't feel like staying on the ball anymore because this lifestyle, as described here, is just me. I have integrated these habits so firmly into my life that they have created their own dynamic.
You could say that, yes. I started playing soccer when I was six years old until the age of 26. Therefore, soccer was one of the biggest and most important factors in my life. How it all started? That is what you have to ask my parents... :)
I think sport connects, dissolves boundaries and classes, has a positive impact on body and mind - from my point of view, it is a decisive factor for the development of children. No matter what kind of sport, kids are offered the opportunity to make their own decisions, to pursue their interests and passions, to make friends, to challenge and improve themselves - to develop one's personal drive.
For me it is not important that there is no need of a personal background to support a social project, I think you can always do that! But in this case, there is a story behind it... On the first hand, I know the faces behind the project and therefore have a direct relation to Young Bafana. On the other hand, I love soccer and it was so easy for me to get into it. Another very important factor is the location where the project takes place. I think we all know about South African history and the burden this country carries. To experience that the project manages to give children, growing up in difficult circumstances, a future in sports is just great! On the soccer field, everyone faces equal opportunities, and everyone finds a place. I think one can draw a lot from this..
As already mentioned, sport offers children the possibility to break out of these bad circumstances and situations. They learn to find a new focus, to do something regularly, to take responsibility for themselves and their team! If they manage to understand that sport is a chance to get out of these structures, it can be a prospect of improvement in their lives.
You could probably give a whole lecture about this topic, but well, I try to answer shortly... For me, education does not only take place at school, but everywhere! We can learn something, no matter where we are, with whom we talk, what we observe - for that, life is often already enough. Meanwhile, I think critically about the current school system as it is outdated in some aspects (in this case, refer to the German school system). I am missing the reference to current topics and developments, but also upcoming challenges. Children have to learn to develop their value structure at an early age, which of course, happens mostly at home, but also at school. It will be difficult for schools to keep up-to-date if the educational system is not adapted to current "trends" such as a healthier, more balanced lifestyle including regular exercising and sports. I am talking about a holistic approach that prepares children not only intellectually but also physically, mentally, and emotionally better for the future. What is very important in general: EVERY CHILD, EVERY HUMAN BEING SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO FREE, COMPLIMENTARY EDUCATION!
Talent is fine, but in the end talent alone will not be enough to be successful. Who wants to improve and develop his talent has to work hard for it. But there are also those people that are less talented and have to work even harder to be able to keep up. I think we have this phenomenon in sport, as well as in all other areas of life. Everyone has to do something to ensure that we don't stand still - it doesn't matter where you come from and whether you were born with more or less talent!
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