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Who are the people behind Future Stars? Julia Duffy’s Journey from Camper to Counselor

First day of camp and jittery nerves go together like bread and butter.  Julia Duffy looks back at her 12-year-old self and remembers quite clearly how nervous she was.  As she got off the bus to walk across the long field, she met a camper from a neighboring town.  By the time they reached the end of the field, her nerves had calmed down and she had made a new friend.  For Julia, this chance encounter ended up leading to a long-term friendship with her new friend’s older sister.

Julia and her younger brother were outgrowing their local town camp and family friends recommended Future Stars Camp.  Since then, Julia and her brother have spent all or most of their last 6 summers at Future Stars’ SUNY Purchase Camp location.

Now at 18 and a senior in high school, Julia was a camp counselor for the last 2 years and 3 years ago she was a Counselor-in-Training (CIT).  Her young brother was a CIT last year.  Julia says, ” I went to soccer camp with my brother but I quickly made new friends. I still keep in touch with a lot of campers from my first year.  I even plan to visit some of them at their universities”

Julia loved soccer camp, she tried tennis camp but came right back to soccer.  Julia plays soccer for her high school and attributes her game skills to her first counselor, Anna Edwards.  Anna is now Julia’s manager and current Soccer Director at Future Stars (FS) Camp.   Great rapport with your manager improves employees’ potential and morale, Julia says, “I feel really comfortable asking Anna for advice when I need help with my own counseling.”

At camp, Julia made a lot of new friends from different towns and even different countries.  She remembers playing soccer with French and Italian campers.  When asked what her camp experience was like she said, ” My time at FS Camps, in a nutshell, was a great experience where I made a lot of new, diverse friends who all shared a common interest with me.”

However, her voice takes a real lilt when she talks about how she loved the drills and games both as a camper and as a counselor.  “Typically, each day of the week at soccer camp has a theme. Monday is dribbling, Tuesday is passing, Wednesday is 3v3 tournaments, Thursday is shooting, and Friday is competition day. The counselors really kept me engaged with a good mix of drills and games, along with competition to get us all moving. This experience later taught me to be engaging as a counselor as well. Individually, I’d say I became more confident in my abilities as a player through countless skill drills, and as a team player, I really learned to work with other players of different skill levels.”

Julia’s FS Camp journey from young camper to mature counselor has been fulfilling.  “Being a soccer counselor, in my opinion, means keeping the campers engaged and having fun, as well as, teaching them about a sport I love. I’ve been a counselor for two years and I am playing soccer at my high school. I am not looking to play soccer at a varsity level in college, but possibly at a club level depending on where I end up.”

There are so many aspects to camp and Julia said, “My favorite part of Future Stars were the scrimmages at the end of the day, where different groups of different ages came together and formed teams to play a full 11v11 game. The counselors would join together and have a “draft” and we would have a week long tournament with our teams, and everyone really gets into it.”

You can’t talk about a day camp and not mention food.  “There is an option to bring lunch but the food was so good at camp.  We had a salad bar, pasta station, sandwich station and hot lunch.  It was really cool to go into a college cafeteria and chose what I wanted to eat.”

Future Stars Camps is not just all about the drills, games and the food.  “Jordan Snider, Site Director at SUNY, Purchase, has had a lasting impression on me because of his dedication to the camp.  Jordan makes an effort to visit soccer camp every day, and even takes the time to join a scrimmage or game.  Every year that I come back to FS, I see a lot of the same people but I also make new friends. It has been a great experience for me, from camper to counselor, and I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in soccer.”

Julia, wherever you end up, they will be lucky to have you.  Thank you too for all the gifts that you have brought to us!

UPDATE (February 27, 2019):  Julia is 20 years old, a pre-med student at the University of Michigan, with plans to major in Public Health. Julia has not played soccer since highschool but she will be running her first half marathon in the near future.

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Check out:  Future Stars Soccer Camp

Image Credit:  Julia Duffy

 

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Parent or Coach? What Happens When You’re Both?

Parental involvement is key at every level. At school. Obviously, at home. And, when it comes to sports, too. But, what happens when you move from the sidelines and onto the field? That’s right – you’re the coach and a parent at the same time. Not only are you rooting for your child, but you have a whole team of children to help, too. Understanding how this balancing act plays out on the field, and at home is all part of being both parent and coach.

Playing Favorites, or Not

It’s tempting to put your child first. That’s what you do all day. So it only makes sense that you keep going during the one hour you’re at practice or at a game. Right? You need to put the starters on the field, and your child is the natural choice. After all, you’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that they’re the best. Now you get to let them show it. The problem is, you’re looking at your child’s ability in a completely biased way. You see your child as perfect, even if they’re not. It’s totally understandable. That’s what parents do – they see their children as stars.

Now it’s time to take a step back. No one is saying that you bench your child just because you’re also the coach. It’s not a matter of going completely one way or the other. It’s a matter of being fair. This is a shining opportunity to teach your child a lesson, and act as a role model. That said, it’s completely possible that your child won’t understand when you put a teammate in the game. Instead of ignoring the situation, explain to your child that it’s your job to give everyone (this includes your child and everyone else on the team) a fair chance. This means no playing favorites, and it also means not doing the opposite. Assure your child that you won’t purposefully bench them just because you’re mom or dad.

Keeping the Team Separate

Your child doesn’t have your full attention when you’re playing the role of coach. It’s just a fact. You’ve got a group of kids to help, and that means focusing on each one of them. But, when you leave the field, or the court, or wherever else you’re playing, the attention needs to go back to your child. Leaving team talk at practice shows your child that you’re a parent first, and a coach second.

It’s perfectly okay to come home and tell the rest of the family about a game, or what a great job your child did. The important part here is to keep the focus on your child.

When Your Child Makes a Mistake

You haven’t been playing favorites, and are pretty proud of yourself. But, then it happens – your child makes a major mistake. There are three options when this happens. The first is to forget you’re on the field, go into mom or dad mode and shout something along the lines of, “You’re grounded”.  Okay, so that won’t work.

The second option is to flip back into mom or dad mode and rescue your child. Again, that won’t work either. The third option is to treat your child like you would any other team member. When another child storms off the field after missing a goal and screams, “That’s not fair!” at the player who stopped the ball, you talk to them about good sportsmanship. The same should go for your child, too.

Talking to Other Parents

Even if you’re the most equitable coach ever, some parents may still think you’re playing favorites. When your child plays for 31 minutes and their teammate only gets 30 minutes of game time, the teammate’s parent may say that you’re not being fair.

Create a set of fair play and fair treatment rules that you expect yourself and all of the team to follow. Explain these to the other parents, and invite them to ask questions, if they need to. Along with this, consider asking some of the other parents for their help. An assistant coach (or two) is always appreciated. And, with a few other moms or dads helping out, no one can say that you’re playing favorites.

Balancing your roles as parent and coach is a challenge. You want to be there for your child, but you also need to be there for all of the team. Yes, it can be stressful taking on both jobs at once. But, the rewards are worth it. Not only will you get to spend extra time with your child, but you get to act as a role model too!

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5 Reasons to Have the Team Over

Having an sports team squished into your living room might not be your idea of a dream evening, but it could be just what the team needs.

Sports teams are about way more than just sports. As a team player, you know this, of course you do, but are you putting it into action? Are you using your time and energy to build strong relationships both during and after games? If not, it might be time you invited the whole team over for pizza and a movie. Here’s why:

It’s All About the Bonding

Strong teams are built on strong friendships. With team members coming and going over the years, it’s important to make sure the team gels well even when key players have moved on. The best way to do this is to invest time in getting to know each and every player. Spending time as a team can help you all to get to know each other and build strong bonds which will make you an even stronger team next time you’re on the field.

It’s Extra Curricular

Ok, you don’t need to do it. You can see people at practice and still enjoy a healthy friendship, but it might be worth putting in that little bit of extra effort. It could give you an edge over the other teams. The team who eats pizza together, scores together… or something like that. Go the extra mile for your team by being the first to host a get together. It could be a pizza night or more of a party, whatever floats your boat. Just as long as it’s your team socializing together, it fits the bill.

It’s a Bit of Light Relief

You know what’s stressful? Sports season. There are well-earned scores, near misses and plenty of defeats. Every team member is under pressure to perform their best at every opportunity. On top of all that, there are school deadlines, part-time jobs and family commitments. It isn’t easy being a young sports player. Adding some team social dates to your diary gives everyone the chance to relax. It gives the team a chance to laugh about the near misses, celebrate the victories and talk each other up.

You’ll Get to Know Your Team Better

You know which player is great on defense and who can run faster than anyone else, but how well do you really know your teammates? This is your chance to get up close and personal. Find out what makes them tick. Let them get to know you better. This will strengthen your relationship both during and after game time.

It’ll Get the Ball Rolling

If regular team social events aren’t common, it’s up to you to change that. Take the initiative. Invite everybody, host the first event and show them how it’s done. Then pass on the baton. It doesn’t always have to happen at your house. Team gatherings can happen anywhere, but this is your chance to get everybody involved. Make it fun and the next one will plan itself. Go on, what are you waiting for?

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The How-To’s of Team Bonding

ten There’s no “I” in team. Right? Whether you’re a parent, a coach or a player, building a bond between team members is absolutely essential. Not only does team bonding foster good sportsmanship, but it also helps the players to develop their social skills. Along with these benefits, bonding brings the team together and helps them to act as a unit – instead of as individual players who happen to be on the same field or court. So, how can you help the team bond? Check out these ways for bringing the group together and creating that much-needed sense of unity.

Take the Pressure Off

There’s plenty of pressure on the field. When it comes to team bonding activities, taking some of the tension away and making things fun is key. Sure, when there’s a game, meet, match or tournament they focus on doing their best because they are competitors. That doesn’t mean it’s compete, compete, compete all of the time.

Team bonding activities create a sense of togetherness, in a competition-free environment. Let the kids relax, work together, and forget about the win. Make fun the name of the game during bonding activities. This may mean playing silly games (not necessarily the sport itself) or trying activities that encourage socialization over sports. Encourage the kids to let loose and put getting to know and trust each other over anything else.

Mix Things Up

Cliques are common in youth sports. They are also major issues in other areas (such as school). Don’t assume that just because all of the kids are on the same team that they are in the same athletic clique. Team-building and bonding should never equal creating an exclusive clique. You’re helping the team to gel, get along and work together.

It’s also likely that at least a few of the kids have come to the team as friends (or have become fast friends after joining the team). If there are a few mini-cliques on the team, help the players to mix things up and start socializing with some of the other kids (meaning the ones who aren’t in their clique). Let’s say three of them consider themselves best friends. While they’re nice or pleasant when it comes to interacting with the other team members on the soccer team, they mostly keep to their own little clique. This behavior makes bonding as a team difficult, if not impossible.

So, what do you do? You could try a team relay race, splitting the mini-clique up and putting them on teams with kids who they usually don’t talk to. By mixing them in with the other players, you’re helping everyone get to know each other – and reducing the risk of isolation.

Set a Goal

Working to reach a goal is a constructive way to bring the team together, without emphasizing direct competition. Technically the kids are competing. But, they’re not competing against each other and they’re not competing against another team. What they are competing against is an obstacle – an obstacle that they must all overcome together.

Whatever your team bonding activity of choice is, you can find a way to set a goal. Whether the team is going on a scavenger hunt or solving a puzzle together, there’s an objective for them to reach together. The key here is that the players work together. Not only are they learning how to get along with each other, but they are building the ability to take in different perspectives, and respect other people’s opinions. When they do reach that all-important goal, they’ll know that they did it together. That feeling of togetherness will continue both on and off of the field.

Building a team means more than just training or doing drills. It’s about coming together and creating a sense of unity. Taking the pressure off, getting rid of the cliques, and setting goals all add to the experience, and help the team to connect in a way that goes beyond the game.

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Welcoming New Teammates

Roger has been on the same basketball team for five years. In that time, he has made several friends and has even attended the same school as most of his teammates. Roger’s comfortable situation is about to change. His father’s promotion at work requires the family to move to another city. Amongst other things, a family’s relocation has immediate impact on a child’s athletic life.

Parents ‘Checklist’

Relocating brings about sudden changes in a child’s life. A new neighborhood, a new school, and a new sports team are just few of the changes coming to mind. It is natural to check out the schools and neighborhoods before moving, but for parents with children in sports activities it is just as important to do the homework on the athletic organizations of their new surroundings. While the web is a wonderful starting point in gathering information about teams, leagues and competitiveness; parents should also make direct contact to gather the necessary information. When speaking with an official of a prospective athletic organization, ask for a contact list of other parents or coaches on the team.

Parents: do not hold back on the questions.

Ask specific questions about coaching expectations, any past conflicts or incidences which have occurred and the overall goal for the players of the team. Is the organization built on winning games or developing individuals through athletics. Ask what each person likes best about the organization and the overall experience for the children. Don’t stop there. Ask the real estate agent if there is a personal connection with the organization, and if they can set up a short question and answer period over the phone. All of this assists parents in making the proper decision.

The ‘New Kid’

When a youth player like Roger joins a new team, there will be a short awkward period for the new player as well as the ‘new’ coach and ‘new’ teammates. Coaches must take the first step by properly introducing the player to teammates. The coach could also take it one step further and meet with the new parents one-on-one prior to the first practice. A natural next step is for the coach to introduce the ‘new’ parents to the parents of the other players. These easy guidelines will get rid of the awkwardness much quicker.

Coaches and parents should encourage the players to actively involve the ‘new’ player. Kids tend to do this anyway, but there are ways to expedite the process. Take the first 15 minutes of practice for every player to introduce themselves. Adding a simple ‘elevator speech,’ having the current players talk about what they like to do or what they like most about the team or sport can bring a sense of comfort to incoming new players.

Be Yourself

For the new player ‘in town’, the biggest advice is to “Be Yourself.” Do not try to come in as a know-it-all or as someone determined to ‘beat out’ the star player. Listen to the coaches, participate in drills, and interact with teammates in a positive manner. It will not be long until new friendships are developing and the ‘new’ team aura disappears. That’s when the sports activity gets the desired results – to compete and enjoy what you’re doing.

 

 

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Picking a New Sport

You’ve played soccer since preschool and were first at bat on the t-ball field. But, now you’re thinking of starting a new sport. How can you pick a new athletic activity? It’s not always easy – especially if you’ve been playing the same sport for years. Whether you’re looking for a change or want to add another activity to your roster, make selecting a new sport easier with a few simple steps!

Pick a Sport YOU like

It’s easy to get drawn into an activity because all of your friends are doing it. Consider it peer pressure – in a positive way. Joining a sport gives you benefits galore, including a healthier lifestyle and teaching you social skills (such as teamwork and sportsmanship). Sometimes it just takes a push from your friends to join in, get up and start a new sport. That said, if you honestly don’t want to play the sport, don’t do it. Considering a sport because your friends rave about how much fun they’re having can help the selection process, but considering a sport that you have no interest in only because your friends tell you to, isn’t the way to go.

Go To a Game, or a Few

You’ve been to your fair share of major league baseball games, but have you seen your local community team at play? If you’re considering joining the school or a rec center team, take some time to see a game or two. Doing this gives you a better idea when it comes to if you want to join the team or not. Introduce yourself to the coach while you’re there and discuss the possibility of joining in.

Talk to Your Parents

While talking to a coach can help your decision-making process, discussing the new sport with your parents gives you a point of view from the people who know you the best (even if it feels like they don’t). Ask for their input. If you don’t agree with what they say, talk to them about it. Maybe one of your parents played the sport in high school and knows you won’t like it or maybe they just know what you will and won’t like. Your parents can also help you to match your school, homework and after-school activity schedule with possible sports practice.

Make a List

Not sure at all what sport you want to play? Write a list of what you’re looking for or what skills you feel confident in. For example, if you’re a social person and prefer a team sport, tennis may not be for you. But, if you like being independent this type of sport might fit you. You probably won’t meet every point on your list. Try to match your potential pick with as many items on your list as possible. That’s okay if you miss a few points. But, if you’re missing all of them, it probably isn’t the best option.

Give It a Try

Sometimes the only way to make sure that you enjoy an activity is to do it. If you’re not 100 percent sure about a sport, sign up and give it a try anyway. You might find out that it’s your favorite activity or it might be a dud. In either case, you won’t be left wondering if you made the right or wrong decision. Imagining, talking about and thinking what it would be like to play the sport isn’t the same thing as playing it. Give yourself a chance (at least a few weeks of practice) to decide whether the sport is, or isn’t, the right fit.

 

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3 Great Ideas For Team Cooperation

 

Being a team is about much more than just shooting a few goals. To achieve perfection on the field, you’ll need to work hard to strengthen and maintain relationships off the field as well. After all, a team who plays together, stays together. If you’re looking for fun and engaging ways of encouraging team bonding, look no further. This list is all you need to build the perfect team:

  1. Community service

Few things leave a person feeling more content than chipping in, helping out and getting things done. If you want to teach the players to work hard, get along and have fun, community service is a great way to do so. There are lots of different things you can do to make a difference in your local area. From picking up litter in the local park to giving under 5’s their first taste of life on the field, there are plenty of things to choose from. Ask the team to submit ideas and give them the chance to vote on which activity they do.

  1. Forest Fun

The great outdoors is the perfect place to get to know each other better. Being out in nature can have a positive effect on your attitude and helps you unwind and sleep better at night. From a weekend camping and hiking in the mountains, to an afternoon of extreme den building in your local woods, there are plenty of different options for outdoor activities. What could be better than cooking dinner on a barbecue, toasting marshmallows around a campfire, and climbing trees?

  1. Helping Each Other

The best bonding activities don’t require big budgets, hours of planning, or a laminated itinerary. In fact, sometimes the best teamwork building activities come from the heart. Look out for and seize opportunities to help each other out as a team. Is there anything that could be done to make life easier for anyone on the team? If so, take the opportunity to work together and achieve this. The team could pull together to help repair storm damage at a team member’s home or work together to organize a welcome home party for a player recently discharged from the hospital. Although you can’t plan these things far in advance, it helps to be aware of what’s going on in the team to see how you can all help.

How do you make sure your team respects, cares for and supports each other?

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Sports, Players and Giving Back through Community Service

 

We all know the typical fundraiser routine. Coach or parent-in-charge hands out forms to buy candy bars, wrapping paper, candles, frozen cookie dough or subs. The athletes’ parents quickly hit up everyone on their email list for donations. The money goes to a good cause – the kids themselves! Sports leagues put it back into the community to help buy uniforms, equipment and support training clinics. But, what about donating it to someone else? Supporting local (or even national) organizations by fundraising and service projects gives the kids a chance to learn about giving and teaches them that teamwork happens both on and off the field.

Pro sports teams do charity fundraising and community service in spades. Use the professionals as role models and start your own team donation project. How?

Piggyback on the pros

If you’re not sure where to begin, pick a charity organization that belongs to a pro athlete who plays in the same sport as your team. Peyton Manning’s Peyback Foundation serves disadvantaged children, the Mia Hamm Foundation raises awareness about bone marrow donation, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and that’s only a few of the famous celebrity sports figure charities out there.

Stage a special tournament

Celebrity sports stars do, and so can your players! After choosing charity, set up a fun-filled game that takes the kids and the families above and beyond regular season play. Invite the entire community, donating admission/ticket funds to the charity, you can also set up a concession stand to get even more donations. Make the event truly stand out with a silly theme (such as Halloween costume basketball) or try an adults vs. kids game.

Work for it

Take a break from lifting in the weight room and do some heavy lifting for a good cause! Ask your team to volunteer to help clean up at a local nursing home or the community park or find some other work-related service opportunity that’s age-appropriate. Wear team shirts or your team’s colors. Don’t forget to ask the families to help out too. The more hands to help the better. Cleaning up at home is never fun, but if you’re doing it with your friends and for a good cause you will discover its actually a good time.

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If you have older kids on your team, have them volunteer in an underprivileged area. Not all kids have the same opportunities when it comes to playing sports. Some communities might not have leagues, and if they do not every child can afford to play. Set up a free-of-charge clinic in partnership with a community center, rec center or school that serves less fortunate families. Invite the community out for a day of sporting play!

Send a message

Sometimes all a charity needs is a little word of mouth – or advertising. After choosing a cause, design special team shirts that announces it. Wear the team shirts during a major game and add signs to the field. Add a website or email address to the shirts/signs for taking donations. The message shirt is a nice change pace when it comes to branded, logo or advertising-based t’s.

Not all fundraising efforts have to go directly to the team. Even though your players need funds to keep their play-time alive, they can also learn valuable lessons by giving to others. Along with these ideas, you can take traditional money-making efforts (such as selling team merchandise or having a raffle) and turn them into charity work. The important part is to get the team in on the action, motivating them to give back to the community.

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What To Do When You Don’t Get Along With A Teammate

Your teammates are your support on the field and your relationship with them is important for the whole team. So what can you do if you don’t get on with a teammate?

Your teammates are your people. Or, at least, they should be. Together you can battle your way to victory, critique the team’s performance and celebrate when you win. You must work together to achieve success on the pitch, you’re far more likely to succeed when you work together like a well-oiled machine.

Unfortunately, life isn’t always that simple. In fact, sometimes it can be downright complicated. You might be on the same sports team as someone, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to be friends for life. There may even be players you simply can’t get along with or who don’t seem able to get along with you. It’s not ideal, but it’s real life. As teammates, however, you’re going to have to find a way to get along for the good of the team. Here are some things to try when you can’t seem to get along with a teammate:

  1. Be civil

If another player gets on your nerves, you need to learn to rise above it. Arguing isn’t going to help and it’s certainly not going to be good for the team. By creating a huge fallout, you may even end up isolating yourself from other players on the team. Instead, prove to everyone that you can be the bigger person. Be civil, try to get along and simply don’t cause a fuss. Instead focus on the team and how you can work together to win this season.

  1. Talk to the coach

If another player is deliberately trying to provoke you and you feel unable to ignore it, it might be time to talk to coach. If the player’s behavior is out of line or if you simply feel unable to handle the situation yourself, speak to your coach about the issues. It may seem out of their jurisdiction, but handling team relationships is an important aspect of coach’s role. They may be able to offer advice or help you think of ways to handle the situation.

  1. Be honest

If you feel able to, discuss the issues with the player involved. Explain why you think something is wrong, how you’re worried it could negatively impact the team and what you think can be done about it. If they are a team player, they’ll probably agree that the team should come before any personal issues the two of you might be having.

The most important thing is that all of this is handled off the field. Your personal issues shouldn’t impact the game so make sure you aren’t dealing with your frustrations on the pitch. Make sure you have this player’s back on the field, even if they don’t have yours when the match it over.

Have you had an issue with a teammate and, if so, how did you deal with it?

 

 

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5 Ways To Bond With Your Team

To improve your performance on the field, it’s important to strengthen the bonds off the field. Here are just a few ideas of ways you can bond with your team mates.

Your teammates are important people in your life right now. They share in the celebrations after a winning match and are there to offer words of encouragement after a difficult game. They know exactly what you’re going through because they’re right there with you. They’re an important part of your life and the better you know each other, the better able you are to support each other. Here are five easy ways to bond with your teammates:

  1. Camp Out

There is no better place to bond than under the night sky. Get your teammates away from technology, away from their homework and away from the stresses of everyday life and create a space for some old school quality bonding. Camping is fun, even if you’re the sort of player who hates camping, it’s hard to deny the charm of spending some time outdoors. The change of scenery, open air and close proximity to nature are guaranteed to see you all having fun.

  1. Party Time

Life on the field can be pretty stressful. The adrenalin is pumping, you have your eye on the ball and your mind is 100% in the game. It’s exhilarating, exhausting and all-consuming all at the same time. And you’ll be more than ready to blow off steam after the game. A team party could be exactly what the doctor ordered. It’ll give you all a chance to relax together instead of running wild on the court.

  1. Team Improvement

Since you’re all on the team, it’s safe to assume you all love the team. What better way to bond than improving the team? This doesn’t mean working on your pitching skills or trying out new formations, far from it. This is about taking the time to invest in the little things that matter. The new uniforms, the changing rooms and the bleachers. These things won’t make or break your time, but you’ll all benefit from improving them. Brainstorm ways you can make improvements and then organize fundraisers to save up.

  1. Volunteer

You know what feels amazing? Giving back. Volunteering is a great way to motivate your team. Not only will it provide you all with another shared goal, but it will allow you to spend more time together away from the field. There are many different ways you can volunteer; you’re bound to find something that gets everyone fired up. You could use your sports skills to organize a sports day for kids from a disadvantaged area or spend the day preparing a new habitat at a wildlife reserve. Find a cause you all believe in and then call some charitable organizations to see how you could help.

  1. Debrief

You don’t need to spend money on extra curricular activities, team bonding can be as simple as a decent chat after each match. Encourage your team to talk through the game, what went well and what could be improved. Doing this regularly will help to open up communication, build confidence and encourage trust between members. It doesn’t have to take long, even just a ten-minute team chat at the end of the game could help to strengthen the bond. That said, there’s no reason why you can’t have the meeting over burgers and shakes at your local diner.