Soccer is a way of life!
Our kids are obsessed with soccer!
November 21, 2019 - New Zealand
Soccer is the most popular sport across Latin America. Bolivia is no exception to this.
In the summer of 2018, our children in Bolivia watched the World Cup religiously. As Bolivia was not even in it, most of them supported Brazil or other Latin American teams. They also love Argentinia (because of Lionel Messi) and Portugal (because of Cristiano Ronaldo).
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday two professional coaches come to NPH Bolivia to give training from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Absolutely anyone, including our caregivers, volunteers, and all children are welcome to join this training. It is typically separated into boys and girls for practice and then everyone plays together at the end.
We have two boys teams which play other schools and teams that live in the local area.
Every Thursday at 5pm our NPH caregivers play soccer against our senior boys team. This is a friendly tradition which draws a lot of attention from the other kids and staff who show up to support their favourite team.
Our girls are also avid soccer players. We have a girls team with 16 to 22 year olds. They play in a league in a neighbouring town every Sunday. They have been very successful and won the championship this year.
Soccer is exceptionally important at NPH Bolivia. During the summer holidays there are periods when the children play almost every day. Both the boys and girls start their own impromptu games nearly every afternoon. There is a main field at the entrance of our home and two smaller ones on the different sides of our home.
We are proud of our kids' enthusiasm for soccer, as we know this will help them develop into healthy young adults. We hope it creates life long habits of healthy exercise and teaches our kids how to work well in a team.