ESFA Minis (U2-U6 years)

The ESFA minis program is an exciting, accessible, and inclusive soccer program for young children in the Eastern Suburbs. The program aims to actively enhance communication skills and social interaction, develop balance & movement as well as be highly enjoyable for both the children and the coaches alike. Over the course of the classes, your child will learn how to move with the soccer ball, change direction & speed, pass & control the soccer ball, and of course, score plenty of goals! We have devised an age-appropriate, preschool soccer-specific curriculum that will introduce your child into the world of soccer through a range of activities and fun-based games designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and develop basic motor skills that are essential for playing soccer, among other sports and activities. Each session is staffed by enthusiastic, professional coaches trained specifically to engage and motivate children ages 2-6 years, ensuring that they are learning the basic principles of soccer, as well as enjoying the game in a safe and fun environment. We pride ourselves on providing sessions which promote the FUNdamentals of soccer! Minis 2-3years  Introducing children to the world of soccer in an active and social learning environment. Here the children will develop their functional movements and coordination by running, dribbling, crawling, climbing, jumping, and balancing. Their social skills will be accelerated by engaging with other children, learning to take turns, and listening to the instructions of the coach. Furthermore, they will gain an understanding of being rewarded with praise when they find any success within the class such as scoring a goal, following the right instructions, sharing with their peers, and completing the full class.  Minis 3-4 years At this age, we will engage the children’s imagination with storytelling and relating their soccer activity to learning about things like colours, animals, vehicles, and space. They can also be challenged more on the fundamentals of soccer such as passing, tackling, and using specific parts of their feet. They will gradually start to be introduced to more competitive style games including tackling and tag games.  Minis 4-6 years At this age we introduce the children to the competitive side of soccer with matches, tackling individually & as a group and teamwork games. Following the FFA curriculum we base these sessions on improving the 4 core skills of soccer: 1v1, running with the ball, striking the ball and first touch done with fun, inclusive games suitable for all abilities.  Beyond ESFA Minis Our fundamental aim is to increase the number of children playing and enjoying football at the grassroots level, where they develop a real love for the game. Once children are old enough, they will be encouraged to join local teams within the Eastern Suburbs where they can begin with a base skill level and understanding of how to play the game. Our vision is that long term, soccer in the Eastern Suburbs has higher rates of both participation and player retention and that the level overall is higher throughout all ages, genders, and grades. This will furthermore have a positive impact on all levels of coaching, where more session time can be spent working on the tactical elements of the game. Venues Mondays: Nagle Park, Walsh Avenue, Maroubra Thursday & Fridays:  Grant Reserve, Beach Street, Coogee
Cost & Dates Term 2 – $180 (9 weeks)
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Term 2 Monday Thursday Friday
2021 Starts 26th April (9 weeks) Starts 29th April (9 weeks) Starts 29th 30th April (9 weeks)
Age 2-3 years 9.30-10.15 am 9.30-10.15am 9.30-10.15am
Age 3-4 years 10.15-11:00am 10.15-11:00am 10.15-11:00am
Age 4-6 years 11:00 am-11:45am 11:00 am-11:45am 11:00 am-11:45am
Reviews: Amber: “The curriculum is great and age appropriate- but specifically Coach Rio’s efforts with the kids, her demeanour and approach, is fantastic. She always amazes us with her ability to keep the attention of the children, and how she finds ways to bring their individual focus back to the activity at hand. Further, her patience with them seems unwavering. They’ve made awesome progress this term and it’s great to watch them score goals without using their hands, and attempt tackles.”

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