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McDonald's Small Sided Games Development Programme

The main objective of the McDonald’s Small-Sided Games Development Centres Programme, is to develop new football skills and to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle among boys and girls from 6 - 12 years old.

The value of a McDonald’s Small-Sided Games Development Centre is to provide youngsters with an opportunity to showcase their newly acquired skill and creativity.

The aim is to provide training and game environments that promote the continued improvement of ball skills, an increased game awareness, and an appreciation for taking calculated risks in the attack through small-sided games.

The small-sided game model is an effective method for developing ball skills and game awareness because it increases opportunities for players to have contact with the ball and to both attack and defend without the tactical regimentation that can occur in 11 v 11 football.

Competition is a central element in a player’s development. However, a competitive environment should not be a result- oriented environment.

A competitive environment at this level should encourage decisions from player and coach alike that focus on performance rather than outcome (favouring ball skills and inventiveness).

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