SIERRA VISTA — To help fill the void of activities for toddlers in Sierra Vista, Coronado Athletic Club started the Mini Kickers program for 2- and 3-year-olds.
Tuesday marked the return of the program after the club first started the three-session camp last year. Due to its popularity, Coronado Athletic Club co-owner Maria Maxwell decided to bring it back again this summer.
“We wanted to give them a first look at soccer in a fun way, hoping to develop a lifelong love for the game,” she said. “But we also want to ensure that we are utilizing our time with them to help build social and emotional skills while developing large motor skills.”
Roughly 27 toddlers are signed up for the June session and participated in the first session on Tuesday and 22 are signed up for the July session.
Dale Bragg signed his 2-year-old daughter Violet up for the camp for a second consecutive year. He said she was too young last year to really enjoy it but because of the passion his household has for the game they wanted to give her another chance to try the sport.
“She’s always interested in kicking the ball around and passing the ball with her older sister, Jazmyne,” he said. “We’re a soccer family so we wanted to put her in here and see how she does.”
The Jnext session will be held July 11, 18 and 25 from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. at Domingo Piaz Sports Complex. Children can still be signed up for the July session, which costs $40 for three sessions. Each player will receive a t-shirt and a mini soccer ball to use at the camp and at home.
“There’s no a lot for this age,” Maxwell said. “Any activity a toddler can do is good. The camp’s learning goals focus on birth-preschool health standards per Arizona Health Department that monitors child development schools. It reflects large motor, fine motor, social skills. Also, soccer learning goals are to get comfortable with touches on the ball in preparation for older play.”
All toddlers have to be accompanied by parents through the different drill stations for their safety. For more information visit Coronado Athletic Club on Facebook and to register visit www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/.
”It’s a great opportunity to show them the game we love,” Bragg said. “They’re being primed to play at a competitive lever when they get older and get a feel for the interest of the game.”