I had my second session of football training this evening. The first was two weeks ago but I missed last week due to a neck/shoulder injury which was earned while watching my team win 5-1 – I really must be more careful with my goal celebrations!
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I joined a football club for ‘older’ women who have never played before or who haven’t played for a while. They have three levels so, having not kicked a football for 30 years, I joined the beginners session.
I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about it, but I figured that since there were no expectations in terms of ability, I should be just about ok.
The first session was a lot of fun. Everyone was really nice and made us newbies feel welcome and, most importantly, it didn’t matter if we didn’t know what we were doing – which is just as well.
The first half of the session involved basic skills, so passing, shooting, dribbling and taking throw-ins, which went pretty well as I discovered that I could still kick the ball at least.
For the second half, we played a 30 minute match, which was pretty exhausting! I was playing left-wing, which involved a lot of running to get the ball and then not having a clue what to do with it! But it was a good work out and I did manage to get a header and a few good tackles in.
This week, we were practising free kicks and corners, which really helped when it came to playing the match at the end. This time, I decided to play defence (right back), which suited me much better. I was still fairly hopeless but it meant that I didn’t have to run so much and could think more about what I was doing. I even managed to win a few tackles and pass the ball to the right team a couple of times!
I know I still have a lot to learn about pretty much every aspect of the game, but it is a lot of fun and a great workout. The thing I like about it most though, is that while we all want to learn and improve, no-one takes it too seriously.
So, after years of thinking that I was too old to play the sport that I loved as a kid, I’ve finally realised that age is no excuse – if you want to do something, you should just go ahead and do it. Life is too short not to.
Do you do any sports other than running? Is there a sport that you used to do or always wanted to do but never got around to it? Please share your thoughts in the comments and, once you’ve done that, go and find out how you can get involved in whatever it is you’d like to do.