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Sponsored Post: Lil' Kickers Testimonials from the Turf

By Lindsay Pinchuk

By: Kristen McGlynn, Program Director of Lil’ Kickers
During the past ten years, Lil’ Kickers Chicago has welcomed over 35,000 kids out onto our fields to learn the fundamentals of soccer and build physical, intellectual and emotional skills that apply both on and off the soccer field.
We have many reasons why we think that kids benefit from our developmentally-based program for kids ages 18 months through 12 years-old, but we thought that we’d have some of our favorite Lil’ Kickers and their parents tell you themselves!
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Griff (3.5 years-old, Hopper at Bradley Place)
What aspect of the program do YOU like most as a parent?  I love having a semi-structured physical activity for him to participate in.  The classes when he was little were not so structured that I felt bad when he chose to do his own thing but it was structured enough that he was encouraged to participate.  I have been to other classes that made me feel like we were being disruptive if he was having an off day, but never with Lil Kickers.
Have you seen your child develop/grow through their participation in the program? I love watching him improve both his soccer skills and social skills on the field.  It went from simple things like taking turns and not kicking balls at other kids to more complex social skills like cheering on a team mate or following directions. I also love that every coach we have had still greets Griff with such enthusiasm.  We run into them at events or parties and they always have a hug, high five, and ask how he is doing.
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Eden (20 months, Bunny at Lake Street)
What does your child enjoy most about Lil’ Kickers? She enjoys running around, playing with the squish balls, bubble time, and playing with other kids! She really likes the obstacle course time too!
What aspect of the program do YOU like most as a parent? I like that this is a fun activity that my daughter and husband can do together.  She gets to play but she is also gaining skills that will help her when she goes to school (working with others, listening, etc). Eden is starting to understand that she doesn’t always have to throw a ball with her hands and now she’s trying to kick it with her feet. She is also starting to understand more directions as well as follow them.
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Rylan (3 years-old, Hopper at Bradley Place)
What does your child enjoy most about Lil’ Kickers? My child absolutely LOVES this class. He loves interacting with the other kids, running, playing and the coaches. Everyday when we leave soccer, he looks at me and says “that was so much fun, mommy.”
What aspect of the program do YOU like most as a parent? I really like how engaging the coaches are. I feel like so many programs we have done at his age are a free for all. The teachers/coaches just let the kids run around and there is no structure. This program is better because the coaches are so engaging and really there is a structure that keeps the kids attention. I see Rylan really participating in the “drills” and he really enjoys it. I see him even trying things at home.
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Ben (3.5 years-old, Hopper at Chi-Town Futbol)
 What aspect of the program do YOU like most as a parent? I love that they can get the kids to all listen and follow directions. It’s not just a free for all, they positively encourage the kids to wait their turns and follow the directions without making it super intense.
Have you seen your child develop/grow through their participation in the program? When he started he was running all over, he was completely doing his own thing and wasn’t following the directions at all. Within 2 weeks, he started waiting his turn and playing the way he was instructed to. The best part is that his attitude for soccer just increased. He literally gets excited EVERY time I tell him it is a soccer day.
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Zach (3 years-old, Hopper at Menomenee Club)
What aspect of the program do YOU like most as a parent? Tires him out, fast.
Have you seen your child develop/grow through their participation on the program? Yes, he started taking classes at 18 months. I wasn’t sure he actually learned any soccer skills, but at a young age, he started kicking soccer balls whenever he saw one. This is a great activity for energetic kids! It’s not just soccer, kids play various games that are related to soccer skills during the classes.
Lil’ Kickers Chicago is now registering kids into our FALL session which begins on August 29, 2016. For fall session, we are offering classes at: Chitown Futbol, Bradley Place, Menomonee Club, Lake Street and the Max-McCook. Those who register for weekday classes at our Lake Street Location by August 10, 2016 will receive a 10% discount off the session price (Promo code: LAKEF16). For more information, please visit our website.

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