Win at all costs mentality kills young footballers’ enthusiasm, says veteran youth coach

Veteran youth football coach N. Rada Krishnan warns that the “win at all costs” mentality can kill young players’ enthusiasm and make them quit the sport.

In his book ‘Football Knowledge – Guideline Book for Players’, the technical director of Youth Football Academy Red Star wrote that an environment that emphasises on “winning at all costs” often results in the less skilful being left out.

“And as a consequence, they begin to lose interest and become demotivated,” Rada Krishnan said.

“Better players traditionally dominate performance opportunities and decision-making positions within the team. This does not allow less skilful players to gain a sense of respect and responsibility on and off the field.”

Rada Krishnan, who was runner-up for the Asian Football Confederation Best Grassroots Leader award in 2018, said young footballers aged between 13 and 20 experience challenges such as higher demands in school, are heavily involved in other social activities, or in some instances, dealing with family problems.

“Therefore, coaches and officials involved with this age group must adopt specific coaching and interpersonal skills to assist these players realise their fulfilling and worthwhile participation in football.

“… (Youth) coaches play a critical role and should strive to assist in nurturing the player’s self-esteem, raising a player’s sense of responsibility, fostering positive relationships within teammates and officials and above all provide an environment that makes playing football exciting and fun,” he added.

The book also touches on the laws of the game, sports science, mental training and racism.

Priced at RM30, those interested in getting a copy can contact Rada Krishnan at 0166750081.

Tagged with: