Do you ever worry about how to keep your kids active and healthy in the season of mince pies and chocolate? That festive feeling is growing fast and many kids are looking for football related presents this year. The market is so great that big clubs are targeting merchandise specifically at young children.
One of the benefits of football related Christmas presents is that they can be a good choice when it comes to encouraging healthy hobbies. We all know why footballs make such great Christmas presents but when it comes to buying footballs there are a number of points that you should bear in mind:
One of the major factors that will influence your choice of football is the age of your child and the size of the football. It’s important to remember that one size does not fit all! We see so many kids kicking around size 5 (adult size) footballs which are simply too big for them. This means they trip over the ball and the fun they are able to have is limited. Mitre recommend the following sizes for children to use;
· Size 3 football- Ages 6-9
· Size 4 football- Ages 9-14
· Size 5 football- 14/15+
Type of Ball
You can also get different types off footballs for your kids. For example a training ball, these balls are not used in competitive matches but are instead designed to help your kids football ability improve. The best training ball is the Mitre Impel which is suitable in all weather conditions and on all surfaces, the Impel is designed to improve the first touch with a foam backed TPU material.
If your kids are more serious players they may prefer a match ball. These tends to be the standard choice of ball for many children but it’s important to remember that most match balls are not designed to be played with on just any surface like concrete. Playing on those surfaces can drastically reduce their shelf life.
Official club footballs are available from most big football teams. To ensure you can buy a ball for one of the smaller clubs it is probably best to buy it online from the clubs store. If your child supports one of the major clubs you should be able to buy the ball from a high street sports store and grab a bargain!
If you’re shopping on a budget there are a lot of cheaper footballs out there by adidas, diamond, and others. The official club footballs can be quite expensive, it is probably best to try and source these from a high street shop in order to try and save money. Remember to bear in mind that the cheaper balls will not last as long as the higher priced balls from the top makes.
For something completely different you may want to consider mini-footballs. They are guaranteed to be a hit with kids of any age and you can also buy merchandised mini football from top clubs like Arsenal. http://arsenaldirect.arsenal.com/
Hopefully this short guide will mean choosing the right football for your child this Christmas is that little bit easier.
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