For many families, the first taste of team sports is through soccer! It’s generally seen as a safe and fun option for little ones to get started in the world of sport, and it’s never been more popular. Little Kickers Gold Coast have taken that introduction to sports one step further and deliver an amazing program for young ones getting into soccer.
Little Kickers Gold Coast is a soccer skills program, that also combines with important early learning concepts such as colour and number recognition, sharing, following instructions and using imagination. They teach soccer in a fun, pressure-free environment that gives children a positive introduction to sport as a whole, not just soccer!
There are four different classes available at a number of locations across the Gold Coast, each tailored to a different age group.
- Little Kicks (18mths – 2.5yrs)
- Junior Kickers (2.5yrs – 3.5yrs)
- Mighty Kickers (3.5yrs – 5yrs)
- Mega Kickers (5yrs – 8yrs)
My 4yo was invited along to try out a Mighty Kickers class recently. Mighty Kickers are confident with boundless energy and this is catered for in the lesson plans. The class included games that were fast-paced and increasingly football focused, with fun still at the heart, meaning that even new starters like us could easily pick them up. There was also an introduction to team play, with the concept of soccer matches being introduced.
The class started out with some fun and simple warm up drills – a game of Freeze was the highlight here – before quickly moving on to the first lot of skills based games. The coaches had no trouble keeping the class focused through engaging games, and the sounds of giggles and laughter was common! Skills including dribbling, stopping, throwing and kicking were taught, before wrapping the class up with some striking and defending games and a mini match.
What I loved about this was, coming from a very non-sporting family it didn’t feel like we were being thrust into the depths of hard-core soccer. The focus on delivering ball skills training through fun and play meant that this class would be suitable for anyone looking for an intro to sport – even if soccer doesn’t end up being the sport for you. The kids all had so much fun and had a great relationship with the coaches and their team mates – two of the most important things for our little ones I think!
Need to know:
Cost: Free trial classes (subject to availability) and then billed on a monthly basis ($75.00 per month plus a one off registration fee of $55 which includes your child’s shirt and shorts). Classes run all year round except for public holidays.
Locations: Clear Island Waters, Carrara, Southport, Pimpama, Tallebudgera, Upper Coomera, Runaway Bay, Varsity Lakes, Tugun & Pacific Pines
Contact: phone 0401 733 033
*This post was sponsored by Little Kickers Gold Coast. This review and all opinions and words are my own