About Soccerstarts

What is Soccerstarts?
Soccerstarts is a football coaching programme split into various age groups covering toddlers, pre school kids and young primary age children.

Soccerstarts Walking- 3 years.
Session duration: 35 minutes

The first Soccerstarts stage encourages parents to 100% fully participate alongside their child (1 parent to 1 child) which has massive benefits for your child’s skill development as well as for your relationship with your child as these classes are encouraging play and an active lifestyle as well as coaching your child basics of football. These classes use various pieces of equipment and small footballs to help engage your child in the session. The sessions aims are to introduce your child to football related activity and start working on loads of fun practise on football related skills. As well as improving agility, balance co-ordination, footballing and social skills these sessions will help your child’s number’s and language skills as they will be talking to their parent throughout the session and after the session about activities they are partaking in (and hopefully in the days after a fun session). Developing physical movement/ literacy and a love for movement and being physically active is also a large part of these classes in a fun and age appropriate manner. These sessions will also aim to improve your child’s confidence being in an environment with other children.

3 years- 5 years
(mixture of parent participation activities and activities children encouraged to take part on their own)

Session duration 40 minutes
These classes still involve some parent participation (1 parent to 1 child for 50% of the class). Parents will take part fully with their child for roughly 50% of the class and at other points parents will watch their children proudly from the side lines while children encouraged to take part on their own. Parents will partner with their child during more advanced activities. Parents still an important part of the class and are expected to stay as children will be taking part with them at points during the sessions as well as taking part independently.

These classes start to develop your child’s social skills in a different manner as they are taking part in these football classes at points on their own and some of the content is more advanced as children are now that little bit older and have developed further.

Children may be ready to move into non parent participation classes from 4 years old.

However others may prefer to still have fun with their parents at this age so we cater for both style of classes for children aged 4.

Age groups for children at present with no parent participation at present at
4-5.5 years
5.5- 7 years and
7 years to 9 years.

These age groups are non-parent participation and parents are free to watch classes or take a well-deserved break. Parents recommended to stay to watch during the 4-5.5 years classes as children are still little and love their parents to watch how they are getting on at this stage.

Classes for the 4-5.5 years and 5.5- 7 years age group are 50 minutes in length.

Classes for the 7-9 years age group are 1 hour in length.

Sessions are less play related than the Pre School age classes and more in the format of a traditional football session however the session will still involve use of non traditional football (Futsal/ Futebol De Salao ball) to enhance co-ordination and decision making and problem solving abilities and perfectly suited to indoor football and futsal activities.

FUN is still a vital element of all our sessions where children take part on their own even though they may become more challenging in terms of their content.

Sessions will be set up to encourage loads of touches of the ball for every child in the class as practise makes a skill permanent.

Classes will be structured and fun and repetition of skills an important part of classes but loads of different activities will be used to encourage use of all parts of both feet for control, passing, dribbling and shooting. Ball Mastery and moves to beat players also introduced from 4 years classes onwards.

Developing movement, agility, co-ordination and speed an important part of our classes hidden within fun movement and football activities.

First and foremost though any activities Soccerstarts Football Academy delivers as stated above. Any activity we deliver needs to pass the FUN test (ie is it fun/ exciting/ child friendly) so the children love taking part in what we do and are keen to return and develop a love for football, sport and movement in general.

Soccerstarts sessions  will use a mix of SFA, Brazilian Soccer School, Socatots and Coerver coach education and also pull from head coach Bryan Robertson’s experience working with children of a wide variety of ages from Walking to 18 years old and what works well for each age group from his experience across more than 20 years coaching a wide range of age groups in different settings and for different organisations.

As children move through the age groups sessions become more advanced in a age appropriate manner with the introduction of more moves to beat players and advanced ball mastery and coaching concepts during sessions and more challenging activities. Again though as stated above the number 1 priority is the children having fun no matter what age and stage they are at in their footballing journey with us.

contact Soccerstarts today for more details on call – 07544221045 and email [email protected]