Success Story: Arthur's confidence increases thanks to Charlton Challenge

Arthur Andrew - Charlton Challenge

Arthur Andrew, aged seven, has been attending Charlton Challenge with Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) for over three years at Charlton Athletic’s Training Ground in New Eltham.

First attending sessions at the age of three, Arthur returned to the Charlton Challenge programme after the COVID lockdowns and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

At times, Arthur was reluctant to join in with the group activities. He soon began to come out of his shell with the help of CACT’s coaches and got stuck into the challenges each week.

Coming along weekly meant the sessions not only grew Arthur’s confidence as he worked his way through the programme, but also his self-belief and risk taking.

Amanda Andrew, Arthur’s mum, commented on the changes she has seen in her son:

“Every session Arthur is greeted with a fist pump and a smile. We have noticed Arthur’s confidence increase and he is now getting more involved. He will take more risks, tackle his opponents and get stuck in. He is beginning to believe in himself, and this has increased his love for the game.”

Amanda went on to add:

“We can’t thank Josh and the coaches enough for seeing each child as individuals and working with them on the areas that they need to improve. For Arthur this hasn’t just been his ability to play football but also his belief in himself and balancing his emotions. Although I’m sure if you asked him, he would tell you the best thing about the Charlton Challenge is the celebration after scoring a goal!”

Josh Covill, CACT’s Football and Sports Development Officer, said:  

“Arthur has been attending our Saturday sessions for over three years now, and always has a big smile on his face when he arrives. In past sessions, he would sometimes be quite reluctant to join in and fully commit himself in the sessions and matches. We have noticed a change over the last few months, where his confidence and enjoyment has significantly increased and he is now getting more involved in the sessions and matches more than ever.

“As much as we love to see children like Arthur come and improve their football skills, we also feel it is important that we create an environment where each child can be social with others, increase their confidence and have fun playing football. We look forward to seeing how much more Arthur can develop with us!”

If you are looking for an activity for your child aged between two - eight, Charlton Challenge is perfect for developing their football skills as well as foundational skills like self-confidence. Find a session taking place near you here!

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