HappyFeet is an exciting mobile soccer clinic for children aged 2-6. Our non-competitive “Story Time with a Soccer Ball” approach is used at daycares, preschools and recreation centers. We're committed to helping children form HEALTHY EXERCISE HABITS using the world's most popular game, soccer!
We use familiar songs, stories, nursery rhymes and fun games to introduce soccer to children as young as two years old. Our unique curriculum triggers your child's imagination by taking their soccer ball, Bob the Bobcat, on adventures to the zoo, the movies, and even an enchanted castle! Our philosophy and curriculum encourages children to tame their bobcat with their learned deceptive dribbling and ball striking skills. We leverage creative play and the important developmental skills it provides to make fitness and soccer their favorite weekly activity!
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.
HAPPYFEET BOSTON HISTORY
Carter Waite and Patrick Halligan are lifelong friends, who met playing soccer together in preschool. Raised by educators, they learned the benefits of growing up in a New England town that offered top-notch educational and extra curricular opportunities. Patrick and Carter both cut their teeth coaching for the town of Falmouth in Saturday morning soccer leagues, and summer soccer/basketball camps.
Having worked in early childhood education from 2008-2010, Carter Waite was hired by HappyFeet Legends Soccer in Kansas City. Over the next two years of coaching, running leagues, and administrating tournaments, it became evident that coaching and working with young children was Carter's passion. Meanwhile, after playing soccer at University of Connecticut throughout college, Patrick was working with Olympia Sports, but always hoping to make soccer and coaching a part of his career.
Carter and Patrick discussed the idea of bringing HappyFeet Soccer to New England in 2011. Carter’s experience refining and developing the HappyFeet curriculum in Kansas City made him excited about the opportunity to coach in New England. In 2012, Carter and Patrick brought HappyFeet Soccer and the Legends philosophy to Boston.
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