Montessori Sports founder Ruben Jongkind's TED Talk

Tuesday 28th September 2021

Football is by far the most popular sport in the world. It is a game for all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Especially young children embrace football because it is an accessible sport and it provides the possibility to move, express oneself and learn to work together. However, the adults involved in the game, coaches and parents, focus on the most visible part of football: winning. Relatively younger or late maturing players are discriminated against, and children are pressured to meet the unrealistically high expectations and goals of adults.

Movement and sports have always been passion of Montessori Sports founder Ruben Jongkind. In this TED Talk, Ruben tells us about how by breaking away from the traditional structure, payment system and culture of youth football based on the needs of the adults towards a child centred approach to youth football, all children get the chance to enjoy the most beautiful sport of the world.

Watch the TED talk here.

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