No matter how old your child is or their footballing ability level, there will be a football class that suits them in the Twickenham area. West London is a huge sporting hub with clubs, sessions, classes and live sports so there are so many options to get your young ones involved in. From toddlers taking their first steps to kids entering the last year of school who dream of making it as professionals, here are three of the best football academies in the west of London which can help them to develop their skills and foster a deeper love of the game.
You’re never too young to start playing football and that is something that Sports 4 Kids are setting out to prove with their youngest classes, catering for children agreed between 18 months and three years old.
S4K base their coaching on Montessori learning methods and the Dutch Coever, Spanish Tiki-Taka and Brazilian Futsal coaching techniques, helping kids become immersed in the ways of the game via the teaching ideas of three of the finest nations ever to play the sport.
The basic premise is to help kids obtain early development of eye and ball co-ordination as well as learning how to kick a ball correctly, the two most crucial skills a child can learn in their early footballing lives.
Toddlers can join in as soon as they can walk and parents are encouraged to play too, which is a great excuse for mums and dads to show off their skills as well.
We Make Footballers is London’s leading coaching academy for children aged between four and 12 and they run after school and weekend sessions in Twickenham and across the west of Capital.
Each of their academies is run by fully qualified FA coaches and the focus is on playing football in a fun and safe environment. They cater for all abilities, helping beginners to master the basics and grow in confidence and the more advanced to fine tune their games.
For those hoping to make it into a professional academy, We Make Footballers can even help with that. Most of their coaches have links with professional clubs and if a player is good enough, they can recommend they go forward for a trial. If a player isn’t quite at that level yet, then the coaches can help to work on the areas that need improvement to get them there.
Again, the first session is free and with three different age grades, if a child loves We Make Footballers then they can stay with the programme for up to eight years.
Little Kickers provides the perfect introduction to football and delivers fun sessions across West London that take place in Church halls, sports centres and community centres. There training model is focused on getting kids active, involved in the sport and developing fundamental skills.
With excellent coaches who understand the importance of child management in the early years for those who are just getting started in football, Little Kickers ensure that sessions are always fun and safe.
As your child progresses they will move through different age groups, be given a kit and even stickers at the sessions!
Have you got a football mad child who is ready to begin their journey towards becoming the next Eden Hazard or Virgil van Dijk?
If so, then now might be the time to get them signed up to their first football team and weekly training sessions.
Choosing the right club for your child can be a daunting task. At a young age, it isn’t so much about winning but more about developing as a player, building fundamentals, learning the game and above all else, having fun.
With that in mind, here are three football teams in the Twickenham area who can help your child begin their footballing journey.
NPL are an FA Charter Standard Youth Club who run teams for children aged between 7 and 18 in Teddington. They have twice been named the Middlesex FA Charter Standard Community Club of the year and are a partner club of Queens Park Rangers in the Community Trust. NPL also have a partnership with the We Make Footballers Twickenham Academy. Players who join NPL but are too young, beginners or need a little bit of work on certain aspects of their game are recommended to We Make Footballers, who run sessions on Wednesday evenings for girls and Saturday mornings for children of all ages and abilities. Each year WMF hold a trial for NPL and create a new U7’s (under seven’s side) for the club. We Make Footballers are based at Orleans Park School in Twickenham and led by FA Qualified Coaches with the aim being to provide a fun and safe environment in which children can develop their football. You can try a session free of charge by registering here. Going the other way, those players who have enrolled with the We Make Footballers Twickenham Academy and who are ready to join a team are recommended to NPL. It’s a relationship that not only keeps both NPL and We Make Footballers strong, but it is also hugely beneficial to the development of young players as well.
Twickenham Tigers run several youth teams across the area who compete in the Surrey Youth League, the Surrey Primary League and the East Berkshire Football Alliance. Just like NPL, they are also an FA Charter Standard Club who offer players the chance to have fun and improve their football in an organised and friendly environment. The Tigers’ philosophy is to be competitive but without a win-at-all-costs mentality, to create lasting friendships throughout the local community, to help players develop at their own pace and to be fully inclusive. They place a huge emphasis on the FA’s Respect campaign, but above all else the aim is to make football fun and to ensure that players have smiles on their faces before, during and after matches.
Since their founding in 2007, Hearts of Teddlothian have grown to become one of the biggest grassroots football clubs in the Twickenham area. They now have a thriving junior section with boys’ and girls’ teams, a mini section, and adult section and even a veterans’ team – and how they got there is quite the story. The club started out life as a group of parents and their children from Sacred Heart School in Teddington meeting up on Broom Road Rec every Saturday morning to kick a ball around and have a catch up. One summer, the majority of the children went for trials with an established local club. Six or seven got in but there were around eight or nine who missed out. With both parents and kids fearing that their football friendships would fade away as the children splintered off to different teams, they instead decided to form their own club. Because of the experience of being rejected after trials, Hearts don’t run trials for new players. Every child is welcome regardless of ability. By the end of their first season Hearts had over 150 players, and every time they run out of room on a team they simply find a willing parent, give them a set of cones and some balls, and set up another side. It’s that inclusivity that has fed Hearts’ stunning growth. If you are looking for a club who will welcome any child regardless of their ability level, then Hearts are a solid bet.
West London is a fantastic football environment, full with clubs of all levels and open to players of all ages. With so many options available in Twickenham, there are opportunities for everyone in the local football scene.
The summer holidays are nearly upon us and if you live in West London, you might be wondering what you can do to keep your kids entertained in the six weeks that they are about to have off school. In which case, help is at hand. Here’s a list of some of the best summer holiday camps available in West London.
Smart Raspberry Cookery SchoolSmart Raspberry Cookery School run several camps across West London with the aim of teaching children the importance of being able to cook for themselves and what goes into a healthy, nutritious meal. The classes are fun and friendly and open to all ages, ranging from pre-school children to those about to go off to university – so you could even consider signing up any teenagers so they can spend the summer learning a massively important life-skill before they leave home! Smart Raspberry’s teachers are passionate about cooking and love good food. The aim is to pass that onto younger generations, with the added bonus that your kids will be bringing home plenty of delicious food for you each day. FIND OUT MORE
Drama QueensLed by professional actors, Drama Queen’s holiday camps focus on improving and developing a child’s imagination, creativity and social skills through acting. The weekly courses take place on a Tuesday, Wednesday and a Thursday and each one features a different theme, ranging from a simple musical performance to writing and directing a movie-style production. On the final day of the camp, the group then perform their work to parents and other guests, giving them a taste of what it is like to be a big Hollywood star or to perform on an iconic West End stage. FIND OUT MORE
Spanish AmigosHola! If you are keen to help your children develop their language skills, then Spanish Amigos’ holiday camps can help them to do so in a fun and engaging environment. Using games, music, acting, crafts and toys and competitions, children will begin to learn how to speak to Spanish. Not only that, but they’ll also be introduced to the culture of the country and Latin America in general through its traditions and history. That makes Spanish Amigos much more than a linguistics school – after all, you can only begin to understand a language if you understand where it comes from. FIND OUT MORE
Mother Nature ScienceMother Nature Science camps have developed quite a reputation for themselves over the past 10 years or so, with students flying into London to take part from as far away as the United States, China and Japan! It isn’t hard to see why. Their summer holiday courses feature both classroom based fun and outdoor activities which include wow-factor chemistry demonstrations and take-home biology experiments, so that the learning never stops. The whole point in a Mother Nature class though is to have fun. With hands-on practical teaching, children don’t even realise that they’re learning about science – but they and you will notice the difference when they return to school as a budding Albert Einstein. FIND OUT MORE
We Make FootballersIf you’ve got a football mad kid, then what better way for them to spend the summer holidays than by playing the sport they love? We Make Footballers offer the opportunity to do that under the watchful eye of FA qualified coaches and in a fun and safe environment. The camps cater for children of all abilities aged between four and 12. For players who are just starting out and who want to learn the basics, a We Make Footballers camp is a brilliant way to introduce them to the sport. Meanwhile, those who are more experienced will find their abilities improving with coaches offering personalised feedback and aiding their development throughout the week. We Make Footballers even have links with professional clubs, so if your child has the talent to potentially make it as a professional then it’s a great way to get spotted and possibly recommended for a trial at an academy! With four hours of football involved each day ranging from practices, challenges or games designed to improve player’s skills to matches and tournaments. The overriding purpose though is for kids to have a good time. We hope that you have found this list of best summer holiday camps in West London helpful and that your child can look forward to a break full of development, learning new skills, making friends and fun! FIND OUT MORE
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