Amongst the students and staff in school there is a lot of discussion about the World Cup. Students are clutching their sticker albums to share with friends at break times and talking about the heroics or injustices from the games the evening before. Parents have been discussing the emotions of watching their home country succeed or underperform and it would appear that we have many aspiring managers in our community who know how to get the best out of their national teams! In our international community one thing is certain. After each game, there will be both happy and disappointed faces around school as we have nationals from the majority of countries taking part.
As my home country failed to qualify for the World Cup, I find myself watching many of the games and appreciating the football being played without any emotional involvement. The giant nations of World Cup football are obviously there, (I shall avoid naming them for fear of upset) and I found myself strangely drawn to one of the early matches between the might of Argentina compared to the small country of Iceland. With my limited football knowledge, I had wrongly assumed that this would be very one-sided. Iceland has a population of approximately 340,000 people and is the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup. It is the most sparsely populated country in Europe yet is competing against countries with a long and established history and in the case of Argentina, a population of over 40 million not to mention winning the cup on two previous occasions.
The game ended in a draw, a team made up of professional and semi professional players had held the might of one of the giants of World class football. It served as a reminder that if we believe and chase our dreams that anything is possible. It reminded me of a quote often used in a sporting context and particularly apt in this context “You miss 100% of the shots you didn’t take.” Maybe we should all apply this philosophy to everything we do and who knows what we are capable of achieving. Enjoy the World Cup and let’s make sure we never give up on chasing our dreams.
Mike Wolfe, Head of Primary