Mini Kickers launches across America
Sunday 4th March saw 170 football coaches from across the UK trained in Challenger Sport’s new Mini Kickers programme, ready for delivery across America this summer.
iKidz T&C Director Chris Sharman, who has previously worked with Challenger Sports on the development of a Freestyle Football Academy and a Brazilian themed soccer camp, has been developing the pre-school soccer programme with the America firm over the past 6-months. After a pilot across a couple of states last autumn, Challenger Sports is now looking to rollout further after 170 new coaches have been trained to deliver it.
Challenger Sports is the largest soccer-coaching organisation in America/Canada and coaches over 120,000 children each summer. The development of a new pre-school programme is aimed at further developing their soccer offering.
Mini Kickers uses soccer as the medium to develop children’s basic understanding of the game as well as helping to educate in relation to colour recognition, numerical learning and healthy lifestyles.
Chris’ development work included the syllabus for two age groups (2-3’s and 4-5’s), four-terms of session plans and the creation of an iconic Mini Kickers Theme Tune for children to sing and dance to at the beginning and end of each session.
Chris commented, “it’s been great working with Challenger (Sports) again, they’ve highlighted a growth market in America and now have some amazing coaches trained to deliver exactly what parents are asking for, a pre-school product with pathways into soccer, whilst at the same time providing their children with the fundamental movement and education skills needed in all areas of their development”.