My first football match!
Fleetville Juniors vs Camp School. Aged 8, I was pretty excited. And I was picked to play in goal.
Don’t be the goalkeeper. If you don’t let any goals in, all you will have done is what’s expected of you. And if you do let in a goal, you’ll have failed and you’ll feel bad.
I did let in a goal… well, several actually. We were 4-1 down at half-time, so the PE teacher moved me outfield and put someone else in goal.
But I still remember that advice.
It’s more fun to be in situations where it’s possible to create something new, and to go beyond just aiming for zero.
And I hate being in situations where the max possible result is to do just what’s expected of me — to keep a clean sheet and not mess things up.
I’m still a crappy goalkeeper though.
Pretty sure that no motherly advice can change that!