After the success of Daisy's dancing lessons in the Spring, I decided to get her involved in another sporty activity. Like most toddlers, she has bundles of energy and running around after her in the local park just isn't as fun now that winter is here. So on Saturday morning we jumped in the car and headed off to HappyFeet FC, a football class for kids held at Sunbury Leisure Centre.
HappyFeet was set up in September 2008 with the aim of encouraging children (from those just walking up to junior school age) to develop confidence and improve co-ordination and balance whilst learning football skills.
The 45 minute sessions, run by FA accredited and CRB checked coaches, are held at leisure centres, childrens centres, schools and nurseries in Sunbury, Walton, Surbiton and Kingston (check out the class timetable on their website for more details) and they combine football, music, learning and fun.
The classes for the littlest ones also teach colours, shapes and numbers, as well as how to listen and respond to instructions - a skill they will need when starting nursery and school. They are also a great opportunity for them to meet and socialise with other children their own age.
Aside from the classes, HappyFeet also host football parties. There are different options available depending on the ages of the children, the location and the hire period, and these range from an hour of football games with a HappyFeet coach in your own home up to a fully catered two hour party with food, decorations, party bags and a birthday cake at a venue of your choice.
Back to Daisy's session. She had a ball! (no pun intended.) It seriously was fantastic. She ran around to brilliant music (a definite selling point for the supervising grown ups, no nursery rhyme compilations to be heard here!), she shouted out answers to questions like a proper show off (that's my girl!) and played with footballs and bean bags and hoops for three quarters of an hour. I really enjoyed myself too.
And the best bit of all? She Who Never Naps slept for a FULL TWO HOURS after the session. TWO HOURS! I will be taking her there again.
On a more serious note, I whole heartedly recommend you and yours give it a go too. For more info, check out the website here or contact Marcus Doyle via email here.