Our goal is to engage girls in sport by creating fun programs for all levels of ability and commitment. We encourage participation in more than one sport with the goal to develop our players with a love for sport and physical activity through soccer excellence.
With Programs being offered from the ages of U6-U18, we believe in teaching our youth powerful life lessons by creating bonds with teammates, coaches, and sport that will carry them through their soccer career and into adulthood on and off the field.
This program follows the LTPD framework to ensure children’s first experience is sport is age and stage appropriate with a long-term focus to keep people in sport for life. We don’t expect kids to compete in spelling bees without first teaching them their ABCs. When activities and expectations don’t match with a child’s developmental stage, this can set them up for failure. The same is true when young children are thrust into a soccer environment that over-emphasizes winning at the expense of developing skills and having fun. The negative consequences can last a lifetime: Some kids develop bad habits and poor skills and can become discouraged. Many don’t achieve their performance potential. Others end up leaving the sport altogether because they don’t enjoy the game
|U4/U5 - Co-Ed||U6 - Co-Ed||U7 - Co-Ed||U8 - Girls|
|Practice Length||1 x 45 min/week||1 x 60 min/week||1 x 60 min/week||1 x 60 min/week|
|Practice Day||Saturday Day||Sunday Day||Sunday Day||Monday Evening|
|Game||No games||10-15 mins (during practice)||15 mins (during practice)||Sunday Game Day – 2 x 20 min halves|
|Game Format||None||1v1, 2v2, 3v3 max||1v1, 2v2, 3v3 max||4v4 (2 games simultaneously)|
|Coaches||Staff Coaches||Volunteer Coaches + Staff oversight||Volunteer Coaches + Staff oversight||Volunteer Coaches + Staff oversight|
|Coach Certification||Active Start||Active Start||Fundamentals||Fundamentals|
Program Focus (U4-U8)
- Physical literacy
- Agility – running, changing direction, changing speed, stopping.
- Balance and Coordination – combining the various movements with and without the ball.
- Dribbling – lots of time WITH the ball
- Overall comfort with the ball at their feet
- Escaping pressure, protecting the ball
- Change of direction and speed
- Attacking moves (taking risks and being brave with the ball)
- Using various parts of the feet to control and manipulate the ball
- Having FUN and making friends
- Cooperation and being a part of a team
- Solving problems – with and without the ball
- Be BRAVE and take RISKS, don’t be afraid to try new things
- Learning the structure and discipline of being in sport
- Gaining confidence with keeping and stealing the ball, while being ok with having the ball taken (just try and take it back)
Additional Focus for U6-U8
- Small Sided Games
- Small groups playing in small spaces
- Practice individual skills
- Learning the basics of the game (e.g. boundaries, rules, sportsmanship) – building on this knowledge as they age up.
U4 & U5 (2019 & 2020 born) - Girls & Boys
- FALL: September 16, 2023 - December 16, 2023 (12 sessions)
- WINTER: January 13, 2024 - March 9, 2024 (8 sessions)
U6 & U7 (2017 & 2018 born) - Girls & Boys
2023/24 Season Dates: September 17, 2023 - March 10, 2024
Winter Holiday Break: December 11-January 2
*No sessions on Thanksgiving Weekend or Family Day*
Time: 1 HOUR sessions ONCE/Week between 9AM - 3:50PM
Location: NSGIF - North Shore Girls Indoor Facility @ Windsor Secondary
This program is lead by Parent Volunteer Coaches/Team Manager and Staff Coaches. The NSGIF is a spectator-free facility