The girls at Edinburgh football academy were brilliant during the session on motivation. They were very open and engaged in discussions and focused on learning about motivation.
Looking at the differences in motivation such as internal and external and it was clear that all of them have a high level of intrinsic motivation. Playing for fun and enjoyment was the key motivator as well as learning new skills and getting better. Having this as the foundation is key to success. I would say the majority of female footballers play for the love of the game considering they train 3-5 times per week and have usually a full day on the weekend taken away for football for no payment. Additionally, many sacrifices are made as part of the commitment to sport such as going home early the night before games, missing different family events, missing parties that school friends are going to, and having less time to focus on studies. Nevertheless, it was apparent that with the girls that this was worth it for the feeling they get from playing football, the banter they enjoy at training and the different life skills that they learn with being part of a team such as commitment, dedication etc.
The young girls are very inspiring. Committed to the cause of becoming better footballers and better people. They came up with many great ideas about how to motivate themselves and other people as well as the taking on board my suggestions.
I will be posting in next blog the inspirational quotes they created. Well done girls; you are all great to work with.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.