22 A Football Camp

 

A group of boys from various local schools were attending a football camp where they were to have intensive training. They had been told by the head coach that he had set down a number of rules for their stay and that all the boys must abide by these rules. “You are here to play football, not to have
a holiday. We have had some very good players here in the past, and I hope that at least some of you will measure up to them.” Before the first training session, the older boys tended to look down on the younger ones because they thought that they were less experienced players. They felt very superior.
However, when training began it was one of the younger boys Derek, whom the coach singled out for praise. Derek was a skilful striker, and the most boastful older boy, Ally, let through a goal kicked by him. The coach remarked on the fact that Derek could not only score goals, but that he could also fend off attacks by the opposing team very well. He was a good all round player. Indeed, he was even a good goalkeeper. The coach said encouragingly to him, “Keep up this form, and you may well have a career as a professional player.” Ally was so jealous of the younger boy that he deliberately kicked him when he thought the referee was not looking, and had to be sent off the pitch for committing a foul.

 

 

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22 A Football Camp

 

A group of boys from various local schools were attending a football camp where they were to have intensive training. They had been told by the head coach that he had …     a number of rules for their stay and that all the boys must …..    ..   these rules. “You are here to play football, not to have
a holiday. We have had some very good players here in the past, and I hope that at least some of you will …….    ..    ..   them.” Before the first training session, the older boys tended to ….    ….    ..   the younger ones because they thought that they were less experienced players. They felt very superior.
However, when training began it was one of the younger boys Derek, whom the coach …….    …    for praise. Derek was a skilful striker, and the most boastful older boy, Ally, …    …….   a goal kicked by him. The coach ……..   ..   the fact that Derek could not only score goals, but that he could also ….    …   attacks by the opposing team very well. He was a good all round player. Indeed, he was even a good goalkeeper. The coach said encouragingly to him, “….    ..    this form, and you may well have a career as a professional player.” Ally was so jealous of the younger boy that he deliberately kicked him when he thought the referee was not looking, and had to be ….    …   the pitch for committing a foul.

 

 

 

 

 

Conversation Questions

 

How well did your parents set down the rules when you were growing up?

How well did you abide by those rules?

Do you measure up to the standards set by your family/parents/siblings/friends?

What kind of people look down on others?

How would someone feel if they were constantly singled out for criticism?

Do you think that drugs are let through to the country?

What developments and progress in your city need to be remarked on?

What kind of precautions help fend off illnesses?

What does society have to do in order to keep up the current standard of living?

Why would a referee send off a player?

 

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