Having coached for 15 years we felt a different approach was needed to teach kids about football, it needed a change. It was our passion about doing the right thing brought us to Kansas in Nov 2013, where we met the HappyFeet team who have a unique approach, philosophy and curriculum for teaching soccer and we decided the time was right to bring it to Ireland. We focus on building confidence skills through FUN and play, preparing the kids for the move to Football Clubs.
We no longer hear the words “I Can’t Do that”
Our Mission is to make our classes the single most enjoyable and beneficial activity children enjoy on a weekly basis.
Our Vision is to create a fun learning environment that enables children to learn new skills, build their confidence and raise their self concept all at their own pace but most importantly have fun.
We believe a new way of coaching is required and the Pioneering approach, Unique curriculum along with the Passion our coaches have for teaching is the way forward. We focus on building Self-Confidence, through fun learning using Soccer as its medium.
Our coaches have worked for many years coaching kids about football and other sports but felt there was need to move away from the traditional methods of coaching as they werent focused on the individual development and were to much focused on the immediate success of winning as a team rather than on trying to develop excellence in the individual.
HappyFeet-Legends Ireland is part of The HappyFeet Legends International organization which is one with a unique rich history. We welcome you to read a little bit about our history!
- HappyFeet is a non-competitive and unique adaptation of soccer, movement and fun.
- Our curriculum and staff offer a platform for every child to improve their motor skills, balance, skill and most of all confidence!
- HappyFeet works with preschools, creches, Montessori, and toddler play-centres.
HappyFeet Ireland; a mixture of 'soccer fun for your little one' and FUN in our youngest generations most important time of mental and physical growth. We're committed to helping children form healthy exercise habits using the world's most popular game, SOCCER! Your child will look forward to their favorite day of the week, HappyFeet Day!
The original HappyFeet program started in 1988 when Kansas City's La Petite preschools ran field trips to Andy Barney's indoor soccer facility. Andy thought teaching soccer to 3,4 & 5 year olds would be easy. After 6 stressful back-to-back, one-hour lessons, Andy quickly realized that an educational curriculum sensitive to the needs of young children needed to be developed. It was then that stories such as "Hiawatha, the Dribbling Indian" and "Gus, the Banana Gobbling Gorilla" were created. Later nursery rhymes and songs such as "Roll, roll, roll the ball" to the tune of "Row, row, row your boat" were added.
In the summer of 2006, Scott Gaither was watching his daughter participate in a dance class at her preschool. He compared it to the Legends "Mini- Kickers" program and saw that soccer the HappyFeet way was more developmental and enjoyable. In that instant, Scott knew that an "on-site" preschool/daycare story, song and nursery rhyme soccer program would be a bigger hit with the schools, kids and parents than the dance class his daughter loved so much.
In October 2006, Andy and Scott formed HappyFeet to offer year-round classes on site at preschools. HappyFeet also runs successful camps and year-round HappyFeet leagues. HappyFeet in conjunction with the Legends Soccer Club & Soccer Excellence is is adding new franchises at the rate of one per month, nationally and internationally.
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