The programs below (PRE-ACADEMY and FIRST KICKS) provide a great way to supplement the training of a recreational player that strives to further their development with the Florida Fire Juniors Academy Program. Often recreational programs do not provide professional coaches to teach players the basic of the game or the skills necessary to advance to the next level. Florida Fire Juniors offer recreational players another option to sample training in a professional environment. Activities will concentrate on technique and having fun. Training sessions are 45 to 60 min in duration and games are played within trainings.
The Florida Fire Juniors mission is to create a soccer experience that is unmistakably enjoyable for the both the child and family. Each activity directs players toward learning the fundamental aspects of the game appropriate for his/ her age and ability. Embracing the motto "Winning through Development", the program lays the foundation for young soccer players by tooling them with the basic skills necessary for success in future competition. In addition to targeting basic soccer skills, the program emphasizes coordination, balance and agility. The methods of instruction are designed to "unlock the game within the child" by disguising skills in imaginative activities, that teach through fun. The Chicago Fire Juniors’ curriculum builds from simple to complex over the course of a session and season.
Soccer Sparks - Pre Academy
Ages 6-8 years old ~ $75.00 (Community Member)/ $25.00 (Optimist Soccer Member)
Friday(s), March 22nd to May 3rd
6pm-7/7:15pm @ Veterans Community Park (click for Map)
Players age(s) 5 years to 8 years. The Florida Fire Juniors Pre-Academy in-house youth development program designed for players’ ages 5-8 who want to join the club and want a more developmental focus than other recreational programs can offer. This program is designed to prepare players for our academy and premier teams. Training will take place for once a week for up to an hour with Florida Fire Juniors professional staff coaches. Games will be played in-house in a 3 verses 3, or, 4 verses 4 "street soccer" format where the coaching staff can adjust according to the week’s lesson. The "street soccer" format allows the coaching staff to rearrange teams, adjust fields and goals to create an environment that best challenges players. The Florida Fire Juniors coaching staff desires for Soccer Sparks program players to advance on to the Florida Fire Juniors Academy program and will modify the environment so players can learn the game from different angles. The core of the programming will be building the players technical skills. The program will be offered seasonally in the fall, winter and spring.
Soccer Sparks - First Kicks
Ages 4-5 years old ~ $65.00 (Community Member)/ $25.00 (Optimist Soccer Member)
Friday(s), March 22nd to May 3rd
6pm-7:00pm @ Veterans Community Park (click for Map)
Players age(s) 4 years to 5 years. The First Kicks program is a safe, fun, and developmentally appropriate training program offered to all players 4 and 5 years old. First Kicks offers recreational players another option to sample training in a professional environment and a true first time fun experience to playing soccer. Activities will concentrate on technique and having fun. Training sessions are 45 minutes to an hour in duration and games are played within the sessions. Players should wear proper soccer equipment (shin guards, soccer socks, and if possible soccer specific shoes) and bring a ball.
Contact the Florida Fire Juniors - Soccer Sparks Staff
Florida Fire Juniors have partnered with organizations in Collier County to provide recreational programs that will utilize the Chicago Fire Juniors curriculum. Florida Fire Juniors staff will provide coaching education and support to all volunteer coaches. Volunteer coaches will also receive access to the Chicago Fire Juniors online database of age and developmentally appropriate activities’ and lesson plans. Players within these programs will be a part of the Chicago Fire Juniors developmental pyramid to show the "one club" philosophy that the Chicago Fire embrace wholeheartedly.
The following programs are "The Supported Recreational Programs of the Florida Fire Juniors ":