Grass roots soccer thriving in Hamilton


As Hamilton gears up to host the best U20 players in the world for the FIFA U20 World Cup, the future for local success looks promising, with youngsters as young as toddlers learning basic skills through a Soccer4tots programme.

Through structured indoor ball play programmes, Soccer4tots uses a range of fun, stimulating games and activities where children can develop improved motor skills and co-ordination, increased self-confidence, communication and social skills.

Designed specifically for tots, the ball play programmes are specifically geared towards preschool girls and boys aged between two and five years.

“The skills learned through this fun play involve essential skills that are great not only for their physical development, but their social development as well,” says director Lisa Cross.
With easy to follow games and instructions that focus on skills appropriate for children’s age and ability, confidence and ability are built upon week-on-week.

Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 10, ensuring children can develop at their own pace and get plenty of personal attention from coaches, who are specially trained to work to the level of the child’s age and ability.

Former NZ Warriors captain, Kiwis’ test player and professional boxer Monty Betham is a fan of the Soccer4tots programme.

“Soccer4tots has been invaluable for my son’s confidence in a group environment. It has given him the ability to interact and perform skills with different children. The drills have enhanced his co-ordination and given him a great understanding of the fundamentals needed for soccer. Soccer4tots has helped my son’s transition into soccer games he now plays on a Saturday. Regardless of what sport your children decide to play, Soccer4tots will help them immensely”

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