learning soccer and life skills
“Jude is in his 3rd season with Soccer Shots and he loves it! Jude was born 16 weeks premature and we were advised to keep him out of “daycare settings” until he was at least two. So, Soccer Shots was his first time being involved with a group of kids his age. The program and coaches are incredible! They treat Jude like he is the most important child in the world and Jude just adores being loved! Jude asks to go to soccer and see his coaches all the time. The program teaches him character traits, how to take turns and interact with peers, and soccer skills! I played soccer my whole life so I was beyond excited to start Jude at two years old. The coaches are so patient and they really get how kids at ages two and three can be so unpredictable, and they just roll with it! Jude has days where he really follows and listens, and days where he runs the field doing his own thing and everyone is ok with that! When he’s ready to be a part they’re right there welcoming him back to the group. This program has been just what Jude needed to give him time with other kids his age all while learning soccer and life skills! We are Soccer Shots’ biggest fan!”
– Traci A., Parent, Pinellas County, FL
A Sense of Compassion
“As a mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum, Soccer Shots not only brought physical activity to our family but a sense of compassion, team work, and responsibility, all which are core values we are working towards instilling in our children. I was very proud of my little player and his coach every week when I watched from the sideline.”
– Gina F., Parent, State College, PA
Improved Gross Motor Skills
“Just wanted to drop a note and thank you for having Soccer Shots at Lakeside this spring. My daughter has well developed fine motor skills. However, her gross motor skills are not where they should be. She is very timid about her body and doesn’t even like to jump with both feet off the floor. While we (my husband and myself) are pretty sure why her gross motor skills are so lacking, we are having her tested to confirm.
Meanwhile, we have seen a great advancement in her running, balance and overall physical confidence (she now will join in roughhousing with her cousins), since participating in Soccer Shots! It gives us some measure of hope that she will be able to overcome her issues. So again, thank you!”
– Beverly W., Parent, Lancaster, PA
Reaching and Connecting With Children
“The first time attending a Soccer Shots class can be a little intimidating for any child, and for this particular little girl, it seemed to be overwhelming. At the first Soccer Shots class, the teacher informed me that she would not be likely to participate. After hearing this, I made a personal goal for myself that I would attempt to reach her even if just for a moment of the class.
During the first class I made effort to connect with her and place the ball at her feet so she could join if she felt comfortable. When it was time to score a goal, the class was so excited and she really wanted to participate. She stood by the goal and kicked the ball back out for each child. Then it was her turn. The class clapped and cheered as she kicked the ball into the net. It was a great achievement for the day, but the smile and high five that followed brought an even bigger joy.
After the class the teacher was very impressed and thought it was amazing that she participated and enjoyed the class. It was great to hear this feedback, but this class was just the start and I had a strong motivation to make Soccer Shots a fulfilling experience for this little girl.”
– Soccer Shots Coach
A Piece of “Home”
“Our family recently moved from Texas to the California East Bay Area. Moves like this can be really hard on kids, but we were surprised to find a piece of “home” when we got here.
My daughter attended Soccer Shots at her school in Texas and she absolutely loved it. Imagine our surprise when we found Soccer Shots at the school in our new home town!
We got in touch with the local owners and they were able to get my daughter into a class right away. She got to go to soccer on her first day of school! I know the familiarity with the program helped her to adjust and make new friends. She even wore her Soccer Shots jersey that she got in Texas!
Thank you so much for welcoming us to California. Your program means the world to me!”
– Parent, Contra Costa County, CA
We often can’t get her to even tell us about her day at daycare, but she was very willing to tell us and show us what Coach Lisa taught her in Soccer Shots.
His behavior has changed positively & it feels great to know I had an influence helping him make friends, learn new things, & become a better person.
From my four-year-old, I have learned about honesty, being a good sport, and how to do a bunch of tricks he likes to practice over and over. We are so grateful for this fantastic program.
My daughter has major social anxiety and is selectively mute, but she LOVES it. I can’t believe it. She is terrified of group activities, but somehow your instructors made her comfortable and she can’t wait to go to class.
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