Each session of the Lil Hammers Academy sees excited three to six-year-old soccer players engaged in learning new skills on the Bellingham Sportsplex indoor field. “It really is a window into what the game of soccer is all about,” says Ivan Colin, Assistant Director of the Lil Hammers Academy Soccer Program. “Lil Hammers Academy is a stepping-stone to the next level of play for many of the kids, which is recreation league.”
Colin goes on to say that the focus is to create love for the game of soccer through an enjoyable experience as they learn. “I see their spirits just light up,” he exclaims. “I love it.”
With this being the first introduction to soccer for quite a few of these young kids, the coaches’ objectives are to teach them listening skills, cooperation with other team members and basic coordination skills. Using story-based games, such as “Red-light, Green-light,” these young super stars are encouraged to use their imagination as they learn the fundamental skills of soccer. As Colin explains, they are having so much fun, they are often unaware that they are learning skills such as coordination and cooperation, not to mention just moving in a forward direction!
This very interactive approach creates an environment of learning in a fun and supportive way. Colin explains that many of these young kids are learning how to follow instructions from a coach and working with other kids in a team environment for the first time. “I want these kids to look back on this experience as something fun,” says Colin.
Registration for the winter session of Lil Hammers is now open. Each hour-long session takes place twice a week. Each of the activities are coordinated by the Hammers FC Academy trainers and each player receives a special Lil Hammers shirt. Online, phone and walk in registration is available. And if you have questions, be sure to ask.