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Beginning Soccer is an introductory program for three and four year olds. Ronald Hendrie began the program 27 years ago, when he realized there was a need for youngsters to learn the basics of soccer individually before they begin team play. The focus is on promoting skills, sportsmanship, coordination, discipline and teamwork. Children are taught essential soccer moves mixed in with other fun activities – dribbling, scoring, throw-ins, and the fundamental rule – no hands in soccer unless you are the goalie!
To keep the program running Mr. Hendrie directs and relies on school-aged volunteers. Coaches are at least eight years old and most stay on until they graduate from High School. Mr. Hendrie saw a need to keep kids involved in something good. And what better way to keep teens from staying out late on Friday nights than early Saturday morning soccer? Their time can count towards community service.
So the program is a benefit to all involved. Working with children helps Mr. Hendrie stay young, gets school-aged children involved in helping and teaching little children, and little children are learning the basics of soccer.
The program meets Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 and runs from September to March. Classes are held first outdoors on the field at Castle Park, then in late October, classes are held in the gym at Green Chimneys. The cost of the 25-session program is $120. Please contact Ron Hendrie at 203-775-2968 for more information.