Proper language a demand in Broby IF
Football training at Brobyvallen is in full swing despite corona. A number of teams have decided to cancel matches, this year the league won’t be complete.
The team for boys born in ’06 and ’07 trains two evenings a week.
”From the very beginning, when the boys were six or seven, we talked about how to speak to one another”Pelle Eriksson, assistant leader
– We’ll go on training defence like we did earlier in the week. Take a run round the pitch with a ball, says trainer Stefan Hansson, so that I have time to put out the cones.
The boys get started at once.
When the trainer asks a question, the boys put up their hand.
A bit later one of the boys is standing talking to a team-mate.
– Is there something you want to say? Stefan asks.
– No? Well, you’d better listen to me, then.
Per-Göran ”Pelle” Eriksson and Joachim Ragnarsson have followed the boys for many years.
When did you start demanding proper language ?
– From the very beginning, when the boys were six or seven, we talked about how to speak to one another. Now they’re in their teens, of course, and full of testosterone, but we’ve noticed a big difference this spring. They’re more like a team, both the 06’s and the ’07’s, says Pelle.
– It works very well.
– Perhaps someone explains in his own language if there is something that is unclear, but the atmosphere is good, says Joachim.
Some of the boys who are new in Sweden hadn’t played in a team before.
”You sometimes hear both players and leaders using a different tone of voice, and the leaders don’t tell them to stop”Joachim Ragnarsson, trainer
– They were individualists, quick to blame one another. Feelings could run high. That’s true of my own boy Zacke too, he’s in the team as well. We sometimes run into difficulties, but then it’s a question of putting our foot down and getting to the bottom of things, says Pelle.
They both say that the language their opposing teams use can be doubtful at times.
– You sometimes hear both players and leaders using a different tone of voice, and the leaders don’t tell them to stop. If the leaders don’t react, the players won’t take it seriously, says Joachim.
Suddenly one of the boys is stamped on the foot., and he yells, ”What the hell”.
– That’s what can happen when you play football, says Stefan soothingly.
And the boys go on playing, as though nothing had happened.