When we talk about the Gate of Football method, we are referring to the combination of two important components within the dynamics of learning soccer: the physical side and the emotional side.
Barely any soccer schools around the world combine the learning of these two components in the same training sessions. As such, after conducting an analysis of the situation in the environment where we began our project, we realized that it was essential to teach soccer technique and tactics to be used as personal resources for survival in life.
Soccer is an important part of our lives, but instilling values became our ultimate goal. This is where our motivation to work with children comes from, and we choose developing countries or areas and neighborhoods where financial resources are scarcer and people live a more marginalized life. Working on teaching soccer through values has turned out to be the perfect combination for our foundation.
From the psychological point of view, learning that takes place in a relaxed atmosphere, in a group with good harmony and where children can trust each other is more beneficial, permanent and effective.
Taking this as a starting point, the combination of sport and learning values leads to success, since it is possible to mold disruptive behavior and conduct within a playful environment, without the possibility of children suffering any kind of trauma.
Group sport makes it easier for professionals from the field of the psychology of physical activity to assess and treat certain disruptive behaviors displayed by children who have been raised in unfavorable environments, who come from dysfunctional families, or who are orphans.
The possibility of working in this sphere by playing sport – in this case soccer, which is our passion – and with the synergy inherent to group work among equals, offers us the possibility of more permanent and effective behavioral change.
Our preferred methodology is intended to provide children with the resources they need to make their dreams come true. Methodologically speaking, the groups will not be very large, with 20 or so children, to ensure that the teaching is of high quality. However, we will also try to reach as many youngsters as possible, so the numbers or dynamics of the sessions may vary.
We normally begin with the area of developing values. The psychologist will oversee the dynamic or activity in order to work on the objectives of that particular session and also to evaluate and identify any needs of the children that may arise. This will tell us if we can continue with the program or if it is necessary to modify it. It is also possible to determine whether there is a need to intervene individually with certain youngsters, although we will try to ensure that all intervention happens as part of the group.