Over the years the unique Legends philosophy has been credited by many extremely intelligent and worldly-wise parents with developing an unusual degree of very positive life character attributes in their offspring. Many of these character attributes are very different from the traditional benefits of team sports, e.g. risk orientation, willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty, balance of science and art, logic and imagination, emotional intelligence. Many are already commonly accepted e.g. teamwork, work ethic, rule adherence, organization of time, commitment, recovery from negative events, conflict resolution, etc.
It seems as though the longer a player spent with the club the more the parent and child felt that they gained a very unique and positive perspective on life as a result of their "Legends" experience. As a bonus the majority parental hypothesis is that even accepted positive characteristics were developed to a significantly greater degree than normal by the challenging and creative "Training Soccer Legends" approach.
Much has been written about the traditional benefits of the team sports experience. However, my intent is to illustrate comprehensively and conclusively that a soccer training curriculum, when properly structured, can foster desirable character attributes for life in a way that other team sports environments cannot. The goal is to show how the “Legends for Life” approach develops cutting edge personal characteristics that enable alumni to welcome positions of leadership and mentorship and the inherent challenges of those positions.
The ultimate goal is to provide the best coaches with a resource that gives them the tools to provide children with far more complete and beneficial life training using soccer as the catalyst and vehicle.
Thoughts, criticisms and feedback all gratefully received and considered.