Great Goals is running classes online!

COVID-19 is truly an unprecedented situation for all of us. We at Great Goals are committed to the safety of our players, coaches and staff. However, it is important for players to keep players in touch with the ball, moving and physically fit. Through our Zoom classes, we've been able to do just that.

Our Zoom classes are active, interactive and focus on individual skills in small spaces, using household objects. Please watch this short video to take a virtual tour of our online classes.

As we continuously try to innovate on making our classes more engaging and keep the learning  going, we’ve also been reading some of  the increasing amount of  literature that is coming out on the physical and mental health of children during the lockdown. Almost universally the research agrees, that physical activity cannot be compromised. Kids need physical activity – if an adult needs 30 minutes, a child needs 60 minutes  and “Active” family time  is encouraged. We've tried to keep it engaging with Family Fun Day and Saturday Challenge. 

Here are a two interesting links related to this subject:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200429191851.htm

https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0314/1123222-children-active-playing-social-distance-coronavirus-lockdown/

Frequently Asked Questions

How much space is required for the Great Goals class?

Children quickly learn to operate in the space that they have. We need a minimum of a 3sft * 3sft and that is all they need. This is true across all age groups (even for 15-18 year olds). So, in the early days, if it seems like there is just not enough space, please be patient – these classes teach ball control and are only intended for a 3 * 3 space.

How should my child be dressed?

Please ensure children are in tights or shorts so they can comfortably run, jump, hop and kick. 

Do they have to wear shoes?

Shoes are optional for the Great Goals class if the child is indoors. If the child is doing the class from an outdoor space, shoes are required.

What do they need to have to do this class effectively?

  • If your child has a ball, please ensure they have the ball next to them for when they need it. 
  • For children without a ball, coaches adapt a ball drill to an agility/ strength drill with similar movement to the best extent possible. 
  • Please keep drinking water nearby for the water breaks. 
  • As the class progresses, we use socks or water bottles as markers and obstacles – to run or dribble around. Please ensure that a pair of socks (any socks) and 2 plastic bottles are available if needed

How do I set up our camera?

  • Please rename the Zoom video window with the player's name. It's easier for the coaches to call out their name if they have instructions. You can click the 3 dots in the top right corner of the Zoom window and click Rename. 
  • When you set up the camera please ensure that you can see the entire player on the screen – especially their feet. 
  • We mute the player audio during instructions and drills to cut down background noise, so we ask players to raise their hand with questions and ‘thumbs up’ the camera for confirmation. 
  • Please ensure the camera is fixed in one place. We’ve had people prop it up with a water bottle or books, but you do not need to hold the camera

What is the structure of the class?

Every class has a session plan based on the age group of the children. In a typical class:

  • Settling in and setting up – It usually takes 3-5 minutes for players to join, say hello to the coach and their friends, set up cameras in the correct angle and be ready with all the things they need for the class.
  • Warm up (jogging, jumping, hopping) or technical drills – about 10 minutes
  • Technical session  and skill development- about 30 minutes
  • Cool down – 5-8 minutes
  • Closing the class – 2-3 minutes

How many coaches are there in the classes?

  • There is a coach who leads the class and is the “voice” of the class. 
  • A second coach shows the children the demos. (S)he gives them the visual of what the voice is explaining. They can watch him/her if they have any doubts.
  • There is at least one other coach (there may be 2 or 3 more depending on the size of the class), watching the children and messaging corrections to the lead voice. They will also provide encouragement and corrections when needed. (We try to minimize the number of voices the children hear in the class so they don’t get confused). 
  • Where possible and if technology allows it, we have also begun breaking the class into smaller groups.

How can players progress in such a small space?

Every week, the curriculum incorporates progression to the next level of difficulty – whether with combination skills or the addition of cognitive skills. For example, in our online classes in April and May we have completed: 

  • Over 20 individual ball mastery drills and more combination ball mastery drills
  • Over 10 types of turns
  • Receiving with at least 5 parts of foot
  • 3 types of passing techniques

Even though the class may be online, you will notice that the child is actually physically active or with the ball for 80% of the class. 

Do I have to be around for my child’s session to be effective?

Our classes are broken down to be simple for the child. The parent is not expected to be around. However, they are at home and sometimes can be distracted by whatever else is going on in the household during the class. We ask that parents facilitate their child’s participation by:

  • Setting up the camera in the most distraction-free setting (to the extent possible) in the household. 
  • Please ensure the device that your child is using is charged so it lasts the duration of the class. 
  • If they are celebrating a birthday, please let us know, so we can make them feel special in class. 
  • If your child is facing a particular difficulty or discomfort, please let us know, so our coaches are aware and can accommodate it.