Kolumni: The youth of today

Older people often speak about a younger generation and how they don’t do this or can’t do that or how lazy they are. My Dad and his friends used to tell me that, and now I am hearing my friends and colleges say the same as well.

All generations are different and society changes through the decades. If we give the younger generation some freedom to express themselves, you will be amazed at what they are capable of and how, with a bit of kindness and caring, they will respond.

I say this because I have come across a group of young men that have shown that anything is possible if you work hard and believe in yourself.

I have a young group of 15-16 year old boys that I continue to push to the limit, so as a group they can be the best they game be every single day.

It is not easy to push your body and mind to the limit again and again, especially when you have the stresses of school, friends that want to go out, parents that want you to be a great son, and even work. But I have found that if we are honest, trustworthy and loyal to these young, then they will give us the same back.

Everyone will make a mistake or two along the way, but it is support the younger generation needs, not just a telling off or criticism. It is easy to say “they should know that” or “they should do this”. Why? Because you did it or you knew it?

We should support the young generation to understand that mistakes are going to happen, but it is about how you react and respond to the mistake that shows your character, not the mistake itself. Then we can see how good the younger generation can be.

I feel extremely proud and lucky to have had the opportunity to work with this group of talented young football players. This is not so much because they are talented players, although that is nice. It is because they are great young men who, no matter what, give their all for themselves, their team mates and the club they play for.

If we give the younger generation a chance and believe in them, I am sure they will surprise many of us in how good they can be.