At First Kicks we have three stages of development
First Kicks Stage 01 (3-4yrs)
Parent participation is encouraged as your child takes their first steps on the footballing ladder! Our sessions are based on improving balance, coordination, speed, awareness and motor skills. We use games that develop numeracy and colours through fun based drills. Gradually you will see your childs independence grow and it is our aim for your child to start ‘going alone’ and improving their footballing and social skills. Small footballs are used with maximum contact time with small goals to help improve accuracy. Simple techniques like controlling, receiving, turning and ball striking are taught, broken down to their simplest form for your child to understand and most of all enjoy! It’s a great energy sapping session, we encourage teamwork using stickers and reward stamps to motivate your child. All our Sessions take place on 3g astroturf and we offer indoor and outdoor astro facilities, no mud!
First Kicks Stage 02 (4-6yrs)
Parents can relax and watch from the sidelines as your childs confidence and skill develops. We start to really improve technique and further skill complexity, turns, receiving, decision making and teamwork drills. We encourage running with the ball, close control and introduce small sided games to increase development. We want every child to feel success and take an active part in the game whatever their ability, to develop fitness is an important part of a childs wellbeing. The emphasis during these sessions is on the overall development of the child’s physical capabilities, fundamental movement skills and the ABCs of athleticism (Agility/Balance/Coordination) through FUN games using a football. Our sessions are well structured, lively and taught with enthusiasm and learnt through fun. Children will learn and apply team play, cooperation, and enthusiasm for the beautiful game within a safe, non pressure and playful environment.
First Kicks Stage 03 (6-8yrs)
The final stage in our weekend academy is where children really start to learn about matchplay. With our link to Hannakins Farm Football Club our year one children start to play in organised friendlies (3 v 3 or 5v5) with a view to starting in a league when in Year Two. At First Kicks we believe in children experiencing every position on the pitch. We concentrate on technique and skill before anything else and all coaches are encouraged to bring out the players confidence during training and match days.
A First Kicks Player is skilful, confident, not afraid to make mistakes, we are determined and play the game with spirit, honesty and sportsmanship, these are our core values!
About First Kicks
Passionate about youth football, First Kicks was formed in 2010 to deliver professional and exciting sessions for the children in the local area.
First Kicks started at Hannakins Farm in Billericay, originally with 10 children, three years on there are now over 180 children registered.