Below is a great poem the ELE League promoted when we first launched, parents & managers please take a minute to read...
He stands on the field with his heart beating fast,
The whistle has blown, the die has been cast,
Mum and Dad cannot help him now; He stands all alone,
A goal at this moment would see the team home.
The ball nears his feet, He kicks and He misses,
There's a groan from the crowd, some boos and some hisses,
A thoughtless voice cries out "Take off the bum"
Tears fill his eyes, the Game's no longer fun
If you’re tempted to shout or groan,
Remember, he's a boy who stands all alone,
So open your heart and give him a break,
For its moments like this, a man you can make,
Keep this in mind when you hear someone forget,
He's just a boy, and not a man yet.
Many thanks to Ray Lee (Ilford Colts)