Step onto the field during any Lil' Kickers class and you will find it transformed into a world created just for your child. Our well-trained coaches will thrill your child with 50 minutes of highly creative, high energy and age-appropriate activities that serve as a great introduction to soccer, and help children master developmental milestones, appropriate for their age.
Because Lil' Kickers is first and foremost a child development program our purpose is really to help children mature on all levels. Our program focuses on helping children build strong physical, intellectual and emotional skills that will help them be successful on and off the soccer field. We believe in teaching children in ways that suit their developmental level. So, you won't see adult-like skill drills in our classes, but you will see teaching methods specifically designed to create an atmosphere that is effective and fun. You will also see happy, confident and sweaty kids who are eager to learn and want to keep coming back for more.
Whether your child is new to soccer or has already developed a love for the game, the progressive nature of Lil' Kickers offers a place for children at every level. Our convenient class times and locations provide families options to accommodate multiple children and busy schedules.
Our mission is to inspire people. By building trusting relationships, together we encourage discovery and ignite self-confidence. We model self-reflection and perseverance. With every challenge and failure we look to ourselves to see how to improve. Our fun and safe environment facilitates continual growth and learning. We concentrate on the experience and not necessarily achievement. We applaud effort. We compel others to be resilient- understanding that growth is a lifelong practice of attitudes that point to one’s potential. Our responsibility is to positively equip lives. Our instrument is our program. Our quest is to positively impact the world. We do so as people live out this mission. It encompasses everything we work for, from the children who attend our classes and the parents who enroll them; from the coaches who teach the classes to the coordinators who organize them, we hope to help others fulfill their missions by living ours through the Lil’ Kickers program, and through its relationships to our community at large.
In 1999, Arena Sports (Seattle, WA) started Lil’ Kickers with the goal of building a kids’ program that was fundamentally sound and outrageously fun. Using world renowned child development theories, child development professionals, experienced coaches and the expertise that comes along with thousands of hours of working with children, Lil’ Kickers created a curriculum that introduces kids to soccer and so much more. A program was created that helps develop a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive skills while providing physical exercise and developing players who are good sports and good teammates — on and off the soccer field.
The Arena Sports Lil’ Kickers program has now grown into a national franchise with more than 130 locations in 32 states and now in Canada with an enrollment of over 400,000 kids and growing!
In 2005, Lil’ Kickers – Chicago began hosting classes at Chitown Futbol (Pilsen/University Village) and months later expanded to the Menomonee Club (Lincoln Park) and Max McCook Athletic Exposition (La Grange, IL). Since then we've opened Bradley Place (Roscoe Village) and Lake Street (Near West Side) which are the only two facilities in the nation solely dedicated to running Lil’ Kickers classes. Our success has allowed us to build a unique partnership with Breakthrough Beginners and its new FamilyPlex center located in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood. Classes offered at this location will feature exclusive pricing in an effort to make our program accessible to under-resourced communities.