SENIOR figures in a local six-a-side football league have slammed the ‘quitter mentality’ that they believe is becoming more prevalent in sport in the UK.
Skegness community Soccersixes League Secretary, Paul Fisher, said a couple of teams had dropped out of the league this season after growing weary of losing.
And he believes the decisions are a sign of a wider problem in the game at the grass roots.
He said: “The league continues to run smoothly although we have had a couple of teams drop out this season and the reason they both gave was that they did not want to continue losing.
“I personally cannot understand that attitude as I grew up wanting to win every game but didn’t give up when we inevitably lost some matches.
“Having been involved with different leagues, competitions and individual clubs in the past few years, I believe this is a real issue at grass roots level in this country.
“When players and teams just give up, how can they expect to improve? You improve by making mistakes, losing and learning from your mistakes in order that you don’t make them the next time.
“If players continue quitting when the going gets tough, many of whom are young players, then it does not bode well for the future of football locally and nationally and that is something which needs to be addressed in my opinion.”
Paul Stapleton, one of Soccersixes’ Head Office Managers, has spent quite a lot of time in America during the past two years and he claims that we can learn from their attitude.
He added: “During my time in California, one thing you couldn’t avoid was how ‘in your face’ and confident the Americans are, regardless of their ability.
“They genuinely talk and act as though they invented the game and will stop at nothing to keep improving and become the best as winning is literally everything for them.
“Their attitude perhaps borders on arrogant at times but I would rather have that attitude than be a quitter.
“We need to learn from the Americans and become stronger mentally as this can only benefit our football players, our other sportsmen and society as a whole.”
The league runs at The Grammar School and it is free to join. Any teams interested in taking part can visit the league website www.soccersixes.net.