Aim, kick and score! GOAL!!! It is no secret that football is an incredibly popular and favourite sport, not only for adults but also for many young children all around the world! Recreational football is fun and promotes active physical activity for kids. However, have you ever noticed that beyond the excitement of working towards one common victory of scoring goals, playing football also offers more subtle positive values for young football enthusiasts like sportsmanship, communication or social skills? Image credits: Pexels. Now that we live in pandemic and are stuck at home, it is especially important for children to engage in physical activity or sports that they like to maintain strong and healthy body, happy mind and balanced life. Football is a great way for children to keep active and move well while staying at home during the ongoing Movement Control Order (MCO). 5 Reasons Why Football is a Great Sport for Kids There are many benefits of playing football or be a part of a team sport at a young age. The following is a few advantages that your child can gain from playing football and how the sport can help your child grow: 1. Keep your kids healthy and fit Just like any other sport, partaking in football provides health benefits that do wonders for children's physical wellbeing. Football is one of those physically demanding games that provides opportunity for the players to improve their speed, agility, fitness, strength, coordination as well as endurance, thus prepares young players to handle physical challenges as they get older. 2. Nurture children\u2019s social kills Football helps young players to shape their social strengths during crucial phases of childhood as it opens the door to build friendship, teamwork, camaraderie and a sense of belonging. In fact, due to the long time that players get to spend together and high volume of teammates (say... a dozen of them!), the friendship built amongst a team of footballers is typically unlike any other sports! 3. Develop cooperation and teamwork Football generally has a large number of players on the team. As part of a team of this competitive sport, children learn to develop the skills to communicate, speak to each other, collaborate, resolve conflicts, make and keep friends, and work together with teammates in order to win a match or even have a successful play. 4. Encourage discipline and mental resilience Image credits: Pexels. Learning routes, repetitive drills and executing proper technique when playing football require a high level of discipline and strong mind. Playing football lays the foundation for mental toughness, focus and ability to remain calm under pressure for kids - some traits that will truly benefit them long into the future! 5. Learn to follow instructions Football is full of instructions. Playing football teaches young players the importance of following directions from authorities e.g. the coach, other players or referee to improve their playing. Through football, children\u00a0learn how to listen and follow orders whilst playing football. Got Kids Who Are Into Football? Sign Them Up for AIA Score With Spurs Junior Camp 2021! AIA Score with Spurs Junior Camp is a two-week virtual coaching programme where participants get to train football with Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Development Coaches. The coaches will be guiding your children virtually from Hong Kong, via an online web-conferencing platform (i.e Zoom) for this 2-way interactive virtual coaching clinic. Participants gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train football, learn basic football skills and interact \u201clive\u201d with the professional football coaches, all from the comfort of their own homes. How amazing is this! Engaging People through Football and Healthy Living AIA continues to inspire and support children to live healthier, longer, better lives through sport, and here a well-loved\/popular sport in Malaysia \u2013 football! AIA is proud to be the Global Principal Partner of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, one of the top-ranked teams in the English Premier League with a fan base of more than 460 million followers worldwide including 200 highly engaged, mobilised and official Supporters\u2019 Clubs! AIA recognises the vital role that active participation in sport plays in promoting a healthy lifestyle. AIA\u2019s long term partnership with Tottenham Hotspur therefore supports and reinforces AIA\u2019s purpose of helping people across all ages to live healthier, longer, better lives which encapsulates AIA\u2019s commitment to being deeply engaged in people\u2019s lives. Children are our future and AIA is committed to supporting families to raise healthy, happy and well-adjusted children. Kick Off Into A Wondrous Game of Football with AIA Score with Spurs Virtual Junior Camp 2021! AIA will be selecting 100 pax (children of 7 \u2013 13 y.o.) to attend the 2 -weeks virtual coaching programme. Upon selection, participants are required to attend the 1-hour programme on both training days: 20 November and 27 November 2021. \tSession for kids aged 7 \u2013 10 years old: 3.00pm \u2013 4.00pm \tSession for kids aged 11 \u2013 13 years old: 4.30pm \u2013 5.30pm Why should you sign your child up for this virtual coaching programme? \tGrab a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train football with actual Tottenham Hotspur professional football coaches \tKeep your child healthy and active while stuck at home \tHone your child\u2019s skills and passion for football \tInspire and support kids to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle through sports \tReceive an exclusive AIA-Spurs Football Kit (delivered directly to your doorstep!) which contains exclusive merchandise and all the football equipment required for the camp such as: \tFootball \t2 x Training cone \tTee shirt \tShorts \tSocks \tShin guard \tWater Bottle \tPen and notepad \tDrawstring bag No Better Moment to Score a Goal than Now! Join the Contest Today! Here's the good news for your little footballers! Stand a chance to win once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train football with actual Tottenham Hotspur professional football coaches from the comfort of your homes during the lockdown. To participate, all you have to do is: \tUpload your kids\u2019 video on either Facebook or Instagram, showcasing their football skills \tWrite caption not more than 20 words: \u201cMy child wants to join AIA Score with Spurs Junior Camp because\u2026\u201d \tComplete the contest form here This contest will run from 20 September to 10 October 2021, so hurry up and start kicking the ball now! Submitted videos with the best display of football skills and most creative caption will have an opportunity to win this contest! P\/S: As AIA-Spurs Football Kit contains all the equipment and merchandise required for the participants to start training; all you need to prepare, should your child be selected for the virtual coaching camp, is to make sure your house has a sufficient space to manoeuvre, a device with camera (either a mobile device or laptop) and a stable internet connection to kick start the training!