Montessori Football

A one-day workshop on using Montessori principles for sport, particularly football

Led by the former Head of Talent Development at Dutch football team AFC Ajax, Ruben Jongkind, this unique training reverses football’s usual focus on the coach and results, instead putting child development at the centre of the activity.

The course incorporates Montessori teaching principles and practices and is suitable for teachers, early years, parents and other professionals working with children. The course is aimed at those working with children aged 3-12 years.

You will learn:

  • About the benefits of a Montessori approach to sports and particularly football for children aged 3-12 years
  • How to deliver football with Montessori principles looking at topics including: children’s age, their stage of development and how this relates to football, self-regulation and coping
  • How to prepare a Montessori sports environment
  • How to develop your own ball skills
  • How to observe in real time and through training videos

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“Football and the like do not have for their sole purpose the accurate moving of a ball, but they challenge us to acquire a new skill . . . and this feeling of enhancing our abilities is the real source of delight in the game.”
Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p.164

About the Trainer
Ruben Jongkind has coached footballers and athletes including elite 800 metres athlete Bram Som and was Head of Talent Development at Dutch football club AFC Ajax. Ruben was introduced to the Montessori philosophy through the son of Lynne Lawrence (Executive Director AMI) who he coached at the AFC Ajax Youth Academy. Ruben started implementing Montessori principles into his football coaching with great results and became inspired by the work of Montessori. He decided to dedicate himself to the improvement of education through the power of football. Together with Patrick Oudejans he founded Montessori Football which is now running in Montessori schools in China and Australia.

Date: Saturday 21st September 2019
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: 26 Lyndhurst Gardens, London NW3 5NW
Fee: £105

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Watch this short video of a Montessori football course in Beijing:

The workshop covers 7 hours of content (excluding breaks). Practical sessions will take place and participants will need to wear sports clothes and sports shoes. Tea/coffee during breaks and a light vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Those who attend the full workshop are issued an AMI Workshop for Montessori Football Certificate of Attendance.

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