Futziball: The diversity in terms of an healthy child development
The idea behind Futziball arose after intensive cooperation with experts in the field of pedagogy and detailed examination of the developmental psychology and need pyramid of toddlers/ children. On the basis of the guiding principle that physical and mental well-being are a fundamental prerequisite for the development and education of a child, the conception and structuring of the Futziball units took place, taking into account the educational principles used in pedagogy. The aim was to design the training sessions with age-appropriate and development-promoting content in a movement-friendly and stimulating environment.
A relevant role was played by linking the emotional, social, motor and cognitive competences, which harmonize with each other through varied and fun exercises at Futziball. Accordingly, the following educational areas / processes were integrated into our indoor training sessions:
Social and intercultural education
At Futziball the child perceives itself as part of a community and learns to play in it through various games in small groups at an early age. As part of the training sessions, they get to know other people and cultures and thereby gain an open world view, respect and tolerance.
Education and recreation partnership
The concept behind Futziball is designed for shared hours with parents. Time with the children – A precious moment for most parents. But unfortunately in everyday life only rarely possible. Due to the fact that parents are the first and most important reference and attachment persons for children, it is important for us to recognize them as experts of their child, to integrate them into the concept / training through active participation and to come with them before, during and after the training sessions in a cooperative exchange.
Language and communication
At Futziball the children have the opportunity to communicate at any time. They learn from and with each other. As language role models, our trained coaches pay attention to a language suitable for children. Games and forms of exercise are deliberately chosen in order to experience the meaning of terms (for example, prepositions such as “up” and “under”, or adjectives such as “fast” or “slow”). Age-appropriate and exercise-related pictures are used as well as child-friendly music, which is deliberately built into the training sessions. Through its rhythmic sound the language joy of the children will be promoted.
By working with football clubs, we want to make it easier for our participating children to move into a social group. The children collect their first experiences in small groups and experience dealing with their peers at an early age, which leads to a build-up or a strengthening of their self-confidence. This essential social competence also simplify the transition from daycare (Kindergarten) to school.
Inclusion and diversity
At Futziball we value and welcome every child, regardless of religion, gender, skin color, origin or level of ability. This underlines the importance of values such as respect and tolerance that every child should experience and share. The parents convey and show the children a positive attitude towards social, ethnic and cultural diversity. Through various forms of exercises and games in small groups, the interaction between the participating children is promoted. The praising and strengthening of each individual is essential for us and is considered a prerequisite for dealing with children, because at Futziball every child is special!
Early childhood education
Children want to get an idea of the world and want to be active with all their senses. The guiding idea “I can not be educated, I can only educate myself” is supported by Futziball, in which each of our children, if possible, carries out the various exercises independently or in collaboration with mum / dad. Thus we use the natural need of the children to become active. In doing so, we offer them a platform in which we can make the surroundings educational with colorful training materials that are previously unknown for the children. With the aim of awakening their curiosity and enthusiasm for self-education. In addition to the coach-leading games, we offer children a free game phase of self-education so that the children can decide on the location, game themes, game content, playing materials and playing partners. The coach-leading games include reaction and role-playing games to stimulate new experiences.
Body and health
At Futziball the children learn to use their body as an instrument and to be active themselves. Physical and mental well-being is a fundamental requirement for the education and development of a child. Through our movement-oriented and fun-oriented sessions, we promote this well-being of children.
At Futziball the children experience in an active discovery that mathematics is in close connection with their lifeworld. Our children unconsciously go from concrete to abstract thinking through concrete experiences and practical activities in our sessions, learn principles of mathematics and deal with them. In the context of our sessions they learn various order systems such as circles and squares, different size and quantity ratios, but also by classical counting. For example, before the start of a catching-game, the children develop a timely understanding through a presumed counting. Similarly, the use of a cube mathematical aspects are taken up in many game situations.
Children develop through active and creative engagement with their environment. Through our Futziball sessions, we promote the development of creative thinking and action patterns. According to this, the development of problem-solving thinking is in the foreground, because it is indispensable for entering the school and it strengthens the self-confidence of the children. Imagination should be a big part of a child’s life. Therefore, we encourage the children to let their imagination run free by singing, dancing and moving, among other things.
In addition to all the diverse and development-promoting educational areas that are used in the context of our sessions, special attention must be paid to the main training area of physical activity: The movement.
The movement is the motor of learning from the first day of life. Children have a natural urge to move, are curious and want to experience the world. In all processes of life, the movement plays an essential role and is linked to all other processes of education, which underlines its importance in our lives. At Futziball we strive to promote the natural joy of movement of children at an early age, to live the urge to move freely and to have fun in a group. Through various forms of exercises and games, the coarse and fine motor skills are promoted in various forms of movement. In addition, the sense of balance is trained, which is very important for many motor, but also cognitive processes.
With the help of the methodical and didactic approach of the respective form of exercise, the trainer presents the respective exercise together with a parent. The goal is that the children perceive and understand the process by simply demonstrating. It follows the action or the imitation by the children themselves with mum/ dad as a person of trust. Each child can act according to his own pace and ability.
The execution of the child is accompanied by observations and corresponding execution tips through the coach. The children are praised for their execution. Because at Futziball the learning effect is connected with the fun factor!
Further educational opportunities through Futziball
The opportunity to live out their urge to move and to test their body is not only given during the training sessions. Even outside of the Futziball course, we give the children the opportunity, according to their entire lifestyle and their development, to collect different movement experiences. Each day of the week is a challenge for the children to develop their (fine) motor skills in everyday situations at their own pace. When designing the calendar, it is particularly important for us that every child has a sense of achievement/ a feeling of success – regardless of their physical and motor skills!