Coaching football for the Early Years children
A CAS learning experience
been coaching the younger kids in football at Traidhos Football Academy.
By Joshua R
For the past two years, I worked with the Traidhos Football Academy helping
to coach the youngest football players at our school: the three- to six-year
old football team. After having played with the Academy for two years, I was
offered the opportunity to develop my coaching with one of the younger
teams. I provided assistance, in demonstrating skills, movements, and helped
to manage the fifteen frisky young athletes. By coaching the team I provided
a service both to the football academy and to the children themselves.
Once a week the team met to have a full two-hour training session. These
sessions usually consisted of a warm-up and stretch, then about an hour of
focused skill training. This includes SAQ (speed, agility and quickness),
passing, defending, technical skills and shooting: all essential in order to
become successful football players.
Football is a sport that I have played nearly all my life and it has been
part of my development into adulthood. Playing football has given me a
significant amount of benefits throughout my life. The longest time I have
spent in one country at a time is three years. Everywhere I went, I was the
‘new kid’ and playing football allowed me to connect with many people, and
helped me make friends and establish relationships wherever I have been.
I have one younger brother, a total of sixteen cousins, of whom I am the
oldest, and my mother is a pre-school teacher with a class of twenty-three
students. Throughout my life I have been considered a role model of some
form, either to family, or to children like the Early Years football academy
team. I enjoyed being around them and I enjoyed being someone they could
look up to for advice, especially when that advice concerned a sport I love
to play myself.
I love playing football, and I hope I helped these young children develop
the passion I found in playing football at their age as well.
Swedish University seeks closer ties with CMU
Dr. Lena Person, the Deputy Vice Chancellor and
Dr. Eva Granath, International Co-Ordinator, Kristianstad University Sweden
visited Chiang Mai University on September 3, 2012 and were welcomed by
Professor Dr. Pongsak Angkasith, President of Chiang Mai University. The aim
of the visit is to seek for further collaboration focusing on Nursing and
Traidhos introduces a
wellness program initiative
The newly created Traidhos Wellness Programs hopes to engage parents,
students, teachers, employees and the public in fun and supportive
activities that lead to healthier lifestyles in body, mind and spirit in our
very own community setting.
Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning has the vision to live up
to its name: to be a community where people of all ages are able to learn,
to be a center of learning in our community. Personal development is at the
forefront of this vision thus the creation of the Traidhos Wellness
Programs. For those of you that do not recognize the name of Traidhos
Community, it is the home of the Prem Tinsulanonda International School
located in Mae Rim.
Yoga classes, a bicycle club, wellness workshops, weekly organic vegetable
box delivery (ISAC), line-dancing and community outreach programs are some
of the initial offerings being implemented in the 2012-13 school year with
many more creative offerings in the making.
Traidhos community and the public can visit the Wellness page
(http://www.threegeneration.org/wellness.html) of the Traidhos website to
learn more about our current offerings, schedules and costs. Most wellness
classes will be presented at the Village Center in the VSP classrooms.
Outside activities such as Traidhos Bicycle Club, will also announce their
specific dates, meeting places and destinations on the webpage. For easy
access, the Community Bulletin Board located at the Administration Building
will also display posters of all ongoing Wellness programs.
Some of the first wellness offerings to be launched in Term 1 are Jivamukti
Yoga with certified instructor Casey Gramaglia. Classes will commence Monday
through Friday’s with both a morning and evening session to suite many yoga
Your Saturdays don’t have to be just a day to catch up on errands, come
explore a few hours amidst the local Lanna countryside by joining in the
monthly Traidhos Bicycle Club with Adam Peacock or enjoy the high energy,
heart pumpin’, calorie burnin’ fun of Line-dancing with Rene Wuite! Both
activities welcome families to came and join along!
The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partnership between Traidhos
Community and the Institute of Sustainable Agricultural Communities (ISAC)
will resume once again providing community members with weekly fresh produce
boxes direct from the farm providing an assortment of regional and seasonal
veggies, herbs, fruit, eggs, baked goods, honey or teas! Three-Generation
Farm Director, Chrissie Bleach has organized this healthy enterprise.
Traidhos Wellness Programs welcomes anyone with a talent, skills, hobby or
other interest that they would like to share with other members of the
community to contact Traidhos Community President, Lynda Rolph, with your