We are excited to announce our co-operation with the Ballschule Heidelberg. The Ballschule Heidelberg and Heidelberg University´s Institute of Sports and Sports Sience developed a Player Development Program which is based on the specific needs of young athletes between the ages of 4 through 12 years of age. The Ballschule Heidelberg already has co-operations with professional soccer clubs in Germany as well as partnerships with club and/or associations in Brazil, Mexico, Austria, Slovenia, Luxemburg, etc. We are very excited to be the 1st co-operation partner within the United States and to be able to offer our players within our Ballschule (U5 and U6) and Academy (U7 and U8) their proven curriculum. More information (concept, practice dates, locations, costs, etc) will follow soon here on our website as well as on our club´s facebook page.
Please note that pre-registration is mandatory. Registration form will be available soon.
The children of this world grow up in different cultural environments. But playing ball is something that everyone likes.
In Africa it is said that the boys are born with a ball at their
feet. The first love of the children in Brazil is round. In Europe – especially in Germany – today’s children grow up in an
environment that is different from the one of their parents
and grandparents. In former days streets, sports grounds and
meadows were used for different ball games. Today there are
cars or signboards saying “Keep out!”. So the only thing more
and more children of today are playing with is the mouse button. Today it’s not the falling overhead kick that puts the ball
into the net but a simple click with the mouse button.
The consequences are apparent. The world of our children is not a world of activity. only 21 %
of our children reach the minimum amount of physical activity recommended by the WHO.
The consequences of this lifestyle in early childhood are dramatic. one of the four negative impacts on the development of children could be a motoric deficit. The level of basic motor skills like stamina, mobility and coordination has decreased by 15 % since the 1980’s.
The second impact is that the lacking joy of movement is hardly a guarantee of growing up healthy. 15 % of the children in Germany are overweight and the tendency goes upward.
The third impact is that a physically inactive lifestyle affects the metabolic processes. Physical inactivity is one of the main reasons for adult-onset diabetes which is more and more affecting young people.
Fourthly, it is known that children who often play outside have better results in school. Playing outside doesn’t make smart in the sense of intelligent but it improves the so-called executive functions like the ability to concentrate, the processing speed or the working memory.
There are many good reasons for doing something against physical inactivity and for creating a substitute for the street-game culture of bygone days! The ball school wants to do its contribution to that and understands itself as a kind of lawyer for a “moved