18 months to 2.5 years (in selected areas only)
(Parent participation required)
Little Kicks is the perfect introduction to the fun world of Little Kickers. Children are introduced to the basics of football (dribbling, striking, goal scoring etc.) in a play-oriented yet structured format, using child-friendly but realistic football equipment. Each child is given the opportunity to work within their ability level but taught in a group environment. Classes also provide a fantastic opportunity for you to assist in your child’s early education, helping them develop physically as well as improving cognitive and social skills.
- Parent participation required
- 45-minute class
- Weekly classes
- One coach with up to 12 children OR two coaches for 13 to 16 children
- Each child receives a football kit
- 4 unique badges to collect across the Little Kicks programme
Learning to Learn
The main focus of Little Kicks is what we call ‘learning to learn’. Our coaches are taught specific techniques that enable children to get the most out of our classes. We believe that play is one of the greatest development tools and when combined with repetition and structure, ensures effective learning.
Classes involve a number of games that require parents to put on their running shoes and get actively involved in the session. However, some games are specifically targeted at developing independence. These transition games mean children as young as two will be able to play independently of their parent or guardian.
FUNdamentals & Badge Certification
Little Kicks teaches the fundamentals of football in a fun learning environment through a series of games using our tried and tested structure. Our Little Kicks receive quarterly badges which highlight the key physical, cognitive and football skills they are exposed to in our programme. Our Little Kickers absolutely love showing their badges to their teammates and family! The stages of development below outline our expectations for this age group:
|Stages of Development
|Social, Emotional & Cognitive
- Short attention span, erratic participation.
- Needs assistance throughout session.
- At times will be frustrated at lack of comprehension of sessions.
- Lacks awareness of others.
- May struggle with balance and co-ordination.
- Introduced to different types of movement (running, jumping etc).
- Finds balancing difficult.
- Capable of basic, one paced kicking.
- Can maintain the stop position with help.
- Frequently unable to dribble (the ball!).
- Quickly learns to enjoy scoring goals.
The primary goal is to settle children into the structure of the session, improve their confidence and attention, develop their basic motor skills and develop a good kicking technique.