An introduction into our Football Munchkin Classes
Our Football Munchkins classes introduce children to their first taste of our national sport, football! The children will learn Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) and Fundamental Football Skills (FFS) in a structured but fun environment. As well as learning and developing their football skills, we also aim to encourage development of social interaction to build confidence and well-being. All of our classes are run by FA Qualified Football Coaches with a range of experience both at home and abroad within Grassroots and Academy football.
At every stage fun is the first and foremost element of every class. Through the use of fun, themed games, we bring something different to our football classes that aren’t used elsewhere. All our Football Munchkins classes combine a learning aspect together with physical skills and are suitable for both boys and girls.
Our classes are split into three age groups so there is a class suitable for every child. These classes are purely a guideline, but each lead coach will help assess each Munchkin to make sure that they are in the correct class so that they get the most from each session. The classes are split up into 2-3yr olds, 3-4yr olds and 4-7yr olds.
2-3yr olds – Class Length 45 minutes: The youngest Football Munchkins class, where we encourage parent participation, introduces the children to the core movement skills of Agility, Balance, Co-ordination and Speed as well as the most basic football skills like ball striking and dribbling. Teamwork and social skills are two of life’s key skills, so we try to emphasise and practice these as much as possible through lots of fun team games using coloured footballs to promote safety and learning. We also offer fun pod-like games such as passing and receiving, dribbling and scoring lots of goals!
3-4yr olds – Class length 45 minutes: Our middle class is where we encourage our Munchkins to go it alone (although if they do still need parent help, that’s fine too!). During this class we will look to further develop all of the skills learnt in the first class; more ball striking, dribbling, stopping the ball and of course scoring lots of goals! There is still a huge emphasis on fun, teamwork and the development of social skills through our games and pods!
4-7yr olds – Class Length 45 Minutes: The Munchkins are now close to making the step up to club football and with this in mind, we look to develop their core skills even further. All the games we play are great fun, but all have specific football-relevant themes. We look to refine their skills, but also add some new skill sets into their class which they wouldn’t be getting elsewhere. We do at this level introduce football matches which are excellent for them to identify space and opportunities as well as hone their communication skills. Parents are always welcome to interact but by now they can take their well-earned break with a coffee and the newspaper!
Parents are always welcome to interact but by now they can take their well-earned break with a coffee and the newspaper!