Has anyone been to Socatots?(38 Posts)
Thinking of enrolling ds 2y11m in Socatots classes. Has anyone tried them and what do you think?
I am a proud Socatot Mom! My daughter Grace is enrolled her in Stratford, Ontario Canada in one of the many franchises. I think this is the best pre-schooler program out there hands-down. It teaches/reinforces everything form the alphabet, numbers, colours, balance, ball control, the parts of the foot, footy skills, manners, and plenty more!
The interaction/coaching is top-drawer and I love the class sizes. The best part is that it is fun for you and your child and the time you spend together is irreplaceable!
My son goes to Little Kickers in Malvern and i can say it is fab. He started when he was 2 and we have been going for nearly a year and he really enjoys it.
I did have to sit with him for a couple of sessions, but now all the parents sit on the side.
I must say alot depends on the coach and ours is fab, he really gets there attention and even the slower ones are helped along.
But don't go expecting a football match, it is alot about learning skills and how to control the ball at this age.
I don't mean slower - i mean less keen on taking part!! lol, read it back and it sounded odd. sorry
I would highly recommend 'Little Sports Stars' fantastic coaching team, and my twin son and daughter loves it! heres there website, www.litte-sports-stars.co.uk
I'm a Socatots mum too! Been going for nearly a year (DS1 is 4 now). Would def recommend it.
When we first took DS1 he was really shy and didn't join in as much (took a few weeks to settle) but once he found his feet he thinks it's great. Brill for his balance, co-ordination, throwing and catching, running off some energy as well as learning the basics of football (I had no idea how to kick a ball either given than I'm a girl!). You start with a warm-up ie running round to music, then do some footie activities, play a game with the whole group (not a football match eg "how long left ref" a version of Mr Wolf), then cool down with a parachute game.
My local one is near Durham and there's sessions aimed at different age groups. Having said that my DS2 is starting this week with DS1 and he's not quite 2 years yet. I know he'll enjoy it as he's been dying to join in for a while now.
Ask Socatots about which sessions are suitable for you DC and give it a couple of weeks for them to overcome any shyness. Oh - and be prepared to join in yourself!! It's v good fun.
Oh the first session is a taster session to make sure the child likes it. My friend took their son and he really didn't take to it even though my DS is his best friend. Socatots did not charge for the taster session as he didn't join in.
You order the kit after you've decided you want to do the course and don't have to order one if you don't want to.
I took my ds for a block of 6 sessions but we didn't go back once these had ended.
The classes are just like previous post have said. My ds was just over 2 years. He enjoyed it but I was disapointed and thought it was over priced. We have done tumble tots too which is the same price and I think tumble tots is worth the money.
The socatots class we went to was held at socarena in Durham so has astro turf pitches etc but the class was held in a tiny room which was more like an office which they'd pushed the desks to the side to make space which was such a shame. Ds just wanted to have a run around on the pitches!
Don't waste your money, bexley socatots is rubbish, expensive and isn't as good as the 2 pound a session at the children centre.
The next one up soccer bexley school is only good if your kid is one of Lloyd'sfavourites. The others just make up the numbers, don't get on the team or much attention although it's supposed to be for everyone. I wish I had known this earlier and put my kid into a different football club to begin with...sidcup spartak are very good.
We went to little kickers and wasn't that impressed, we ended up going to pro elite football academy and my daughter wakes me up early every saturday and sunday morning now! I'd definitely give them a go, they cater from ages 18 months to 16 years too so they have a real family atmosphere about them. Love it! Their website is www.efacademy.co.uk for those interested
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