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The parent’s guide to football classes for under 5’s

Here at BabyBallers, we specialise in football classes for 16 months all the way through to football classes for under 5s. So, whether you are looking for football classes for your 2-year-old near you or a football club for 5-year-olds, BabyBallers is the place for you. 

Whether your child is about to attend their first BabyBallers football class or maybe you’re just beginning your search for an under-5s football club near you, no matter which one it is you might be left wondering what you, as a parent, what you need to know before their football classes.

Before joining a football class

In order to ensure that your child has a positive and enjoyable first, and continued, experience playing football, it is important that you as a parent are well-informed about the game, the club and what to expect. You might want to check if there are any uniforms that you need to buy beforehand or if you need to bring anything (like snacks) to the club with you. Being prepared can make your and your child’s first session a lot easier and enjoyable.

It’s important to also know which class to send your child to. Here at BabyBallers, we offer a different class for each age group:

BabyBallers – We start off with young toddlers from 16 months, up to 2 ½. Perfect if you are looking for football classes for 2-year-olds near you.

MiniBallers – Our next age group is 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years old. Ideal if you are looking for a football club for 3-year-olds.

Ballers – Our third age group and our newest set of clubs run from 3 1/2 years old until they turn 5 years old. Perfect if you are looking for football classes for under 5s.

Commitment

Being able to commit to the training schedule is as important to your child as it is to you. Before signing up ensure that you are able to commit to taking your child and potentially staying with them every week. You also need to ensure that your child wants this sort of commitment and is willing to stick to it. Kids’ football can be a great experience, but only if you are able to commit to the schedule. Finding a football class for under 5s that a child loves and wants to commit to for a longer period of time can be a struggle, but one that is worth it for the right club.

Fitness

When joining a football class for under 5s and under such as BabyBallers, fitness levels don’t have a huge impact on the child’s enjoyment of the game. Here we use the learning-through-play technique as young children don’t really have a ‘fitness’ level.

However, as your children get older, ensure that your child is physically able to meet the demands of the sport before signing them up. Whilst kids’ football is all about having fun, football still requires a certain level of fitness, as, children’s football is still a physical sport that requires a certain level of fitness. Your child should be able to run, jump, and kick the ball with ease. In addition, they should be able to understand and follow basic instructions from the coach so that they understand what’s going on and can keep up. If your child is not physically ready for kids’ football. If they can’t keep up then they may become discouraged by the experience and not want to continue. So, prior to them going ensure that they are physically fit enough to enjoy it and have a good time running around! Ensuring they are enjoying some form of daily exercise most days can really help with this.

Financial Requirements

Some football clubs will have a sign-up fee attached to them and then an ongoing fee per week/ session. Depending on the club you may also need to buy your kit when you sign-up. Be sure that your child is ready for this commitment and that you can financially support them in this new adventure. If you are unsure then most kids’ football clubs offer a taster session at a lower price, so this may be something to look into before committing.

Preparation

If your child is interested in playing football, as we have mentioned, it’s important to ensure that you are prepared for their first class. Pack snacks and water and ensure that you have purchased their football kit beforehand so that they feel like part of the team from the get-go.

You might also find our blog post: Things to remember for your kid’s first football match useful.

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