Parents and kids are loving our pre-school soccer program! Here's
a description of the developmental aspects of the program from one of
our camp directors.
Here is Barry Scott's, Director of British Elite Soccer, description of the soccer program for very young children.
The preschool soccer program is for young people to be able to get
exercise, movement, balance, listening skills, coordination and to
interact with other children. It is a way for them to start
experiencing social behavior and interaction.
One goal is to help kids learn to follow direction. Some do, some
don't, again the kids themselves dictate what they do or do not do;
they are not forced or pushed by staff to do anything they do not want
We know that some players will take 5 weeks to leave mom or dad’s side
and others will be running around at full speed straight away. Wherever
the child is in their development, we respect that, and let them decide
when it is time to "participate".
We know that sharing is not something that preschoolers want to do,
that is why we have enough balls so that every player gets their own
ball and we run activities that allow them to use their ball.
These classes have been wonderful for these kids and I see the huge
differences (in soccer skills, social skills, understanding and
movement) between players who are first timers and players who have
done it before. That to us means the program is a huge success.
We are not pushing kids to be top athletes or put any pressure or
anxiety on them to play. It is not soccer as such, that is just the
tool we use for teaching.