Kids In Teams

It’s all about the Kids

Names

Steve Jenkins - Friday, July 25, 2014

In many sports clubs the world over, there are several teams of different ages. Girls, boys and mixed. A lot of clubs give the younger teams the opportunity to add their own nickname.
My local club – Brighton – in Melbourne, Australia have in excess of 100 teams. They have names such as:-

  • Beasts
  • Ninjas
  • Albion
  • United
  • City
  • Dolphins
  • Terriers
  • Riptide
  • Bluebirds
  Most of these are appropriate and the kids have ownership of these. Many teams the world over have names synonymous with war,destruction and death
  • Bombers
  • Vikings
  • Knights
  • Gladiators
  • Dragons
  • Gunners
  • Fire

or wild animals:

  • Wolves
  • Tigers
  • Lions
  • Foxes
  • Sharks
  • Stingrays.
The mission of kids in teams is to to make every junior sporting event a rewarding experience for every child participating Through playing the sport of choice, Kids should have the opportunity to build self-worth, develop as a player, a team member and a person. Most importantly the game should be a fun filled stress free experience. What the team is called should reflect this. Who does the team belong to?  Not the coach. Help the kids come up with an appropriate name that they own.

Inspiration

Most of the professional clubs in England have been around for over 100 years and the origins of their nicknames are very useful.

Local Industry

  • Reading - Biscuitmen. Referred to former Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory in the town
  • Sheffield United – Blades - Steel and cutlery
  • Northampton Town- Cobblers - Shoe making industry
  • Stoke City – Potters - pottery industry

Colours

  • Burnley Clarets
  • Liverpool Reds
  • Chelsea Blues
  • Leeds Whites

Landmarks

  • Fulham – Cottagers
  • Chesterfield – Spirites
  • York City – Minstermen

Coastal

  • Brighton Seagulls
  • Grimsby Mariners

Urban Myth

  • West Brom. Baggies.Long baggy pants the team used to wear in the 1920’s
  • Charlton. Addicks.Local fish & chip shop – Haddock is pronounced “Addick” in South East London
  • Hayes and Yeading.Mushrooms - 2 clubs merged in 2007 –everyone kept in the dark

Brighton Pride

This was the name of the team I coached in 2012. I sat down with the children & we threw up words that described our thoughts and feelings about the team. Pride was good as it was short.We then took the letters of Pride and came up with the following

Passion

Respect

Influence 

Direction

Enjoyment

 

 

The children all contributed and there was a collective ownership of the name and therefore the team

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