|Dates and location|
|Dates||July 3rd and 4th, 2019. From 9am to 1:30pm and 3pm to 5pm.|
|Location||Montessori Palau Girona|
|Organized by||Montessori Palau International Research and Training Center (MIRTC)|
Teacher: Ruben Jongkind
Languages: Español / English
Age group: 3-6
"Tennis, football and the like do not have for their sole purpose the accurate moving of a ball but they challenge us to acquire a new skill -something lacking before - and this feeling of enhancing our abilities is the real source of delight in the game" Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p.164
Montessori Football empowers schools to let children enjoy sports and enhance their overall development in a Montessori way.
With hundreds of millions of children and adults playing and enjoying the game, football is by far the most popular sports in the world. Since football is universal in its appeal to children, we can tap into it to accelerate learning. It is a scientific fact that sports can enhance physical, psychological, social and academic development of children leading to stronger, healthier and more productive adults. The Montessori environment is the best environment for the development of the child, therefore also for sports development. The Montessori Football program is unique since it focuses on training (Montessori) teachers, rather than sports trainers.
The Montessori Football program aims to reverse the traditional paradigm of youth sports development that focuses on the coach and the result, and instead put the child development at the center, while incorporating Montessori teaching principles and practices.
Attend this two day workshop and learn:
Benefits of football for the Montessori child
History of Football
Youth Football Paradigms
Montessori principles applied to Football
The prepared environment for football
Practical session: introduction of football materials
The development of the whole child
Observation & Reflection
After a successful period as a coach in amateur football and in track & field, coaching elite 800 meters athlete Bram Som to world level, Ruben attained the position of individual trainer at the famous AFC Ajax Youth Academy. In 2010 he became Head of Talent Development of Ajax. He teamed up with Johan Cruyff and Wim Jonk and wrote "Plan Cruyff" a revolutionary plan that contributed to Ajax reaching the final of the Europa League in 2017 with the youngest team ever to reach any European final and the revival of the Dutch national team.
Ruben was introduced to the Montessori philosophy through the son of Lynne Lawrence (Executive Director AMI) whom he coached at the Ajax Academy. Ruben started implementing Montessorian principles into football with great results.
During these years Ruben got inspired by the work of Montessori and saw the connection between the Montessori philosophy and working with children in sports. He therefore decided to dedicate himself to the improvement of education by using the power of football.
Together with Patrick Oudejans he founded Montessori Football. Montessori Football programs are now running in Montessori schools in China and Australia. More than 1000 children are playing and enjoying football in a truly child centered approach, that enhances the full development of each child.
Ruben holds a degree in Environmental Science from Wageningen University and a Master in Business Administration (MScBA) from Nijmegen Business School.
The workshop covers 12-hours of content (excluding breaks). Participants who attend the full workshop are issued an AMI Workshop for Montessori Football (3-6) Certificate of Attendance.
The cost of registration will only be refunded if the minimum number of registrants is not reached and the activity is canceled.