KidsTalentum: Outdoor Training Program to Improve Emotional Intelligence in Adolescents in Manchester United Soccer Schools, Lisbon

Keywords: talent, emotional intelligence, outdoor training, soccer, adolescents

Abstract

This paper intends to evaluate the Outdoor Training methodology, widely used by consultants working for the emotional and social skills of entrepreneurs, in order to verify if it is also valid for working with adolescents, specifically, for developing their emotional intelligence skills. With this in mind, we chose an experimental study involving two groups of 30 adolescents, one as an experimental group and the other as a control group. They were students of the Manchester United Soccer Schools, Lisbon, Portugal. For the assessment of emotional intelligence, we used the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory: Youth Version. The data obtained point to the evidence of improvements in the emotional skills of adaptability, interpersonal relationships, positive mood, and stress management.This paper intends to evaluate the Outdoor Training methodology, widely used by consultants working for the emotional and social skills of entrepreneurs, in order to verify if it is also valid for working with adolescents, specifically, for developing their emotional intelligence skills. With this in mind, we chose an experimental study involving two groups of 30 adolescents, one as an experimental group and the other as a control group. They were students of the Manchester United Soccer Schools, Lisbon, Portugal. For the assessment of emotional intelligence, we used the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory: Youth Version. The data obtained point to the evidence of improvements in the emotional skills of adaptability, interpersonal relationships, positive mood, and stress management.

Author Biography

Mário Fortes Santos, PHD, Madeira University

Mário Alberto Santos holds a Ph.D. in Sciences of Education (University of Malaga, Spain, 2012). Integrates the research group "Outdoor Training and emotional intelligence" in University of Malaga and developed the program entitled Kidstalentum and Outdoor Training (University of Madeira). Has participated in national and international conferences, is also supervisor of master`s dissertations in this field. Main interests: Outdoor training and Emotional intelligence.

Published
2017-12-31