HappyFeet is an exciting mobile youth soccer clinic for children aged 2-6. Our incredibly engaging, best-in-class non-competitive “Story Time with a Soccer Ball” curriculum and approach is used at daycares, preschools and recreation centers throughout the Charlotte area. We're committed to helping children form HEALTHY EXERCISE HABITS using the world's most popular game, soccer!
OUR BEST-IN-CLASS CURRICULUM
We use familiar songs, stories, nursery rhymes and fun games to introduce soccer to children as young as two years old. Our unique, and childhood eductation backed 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 expert-approved 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 "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 in conjunction with the Legends Soccer Club & Soccer Excellence is is adding new franchises at the rate of one per month, nationally and internationally.
Today, HappyFeet Charlotte led by Kristy and Casey Carr continues that legacy providing best-in class soccer training, positively impacting local Charlotte children at preschools, church schools and daycares throughout the greater Charlotte metro area. HappyFeet Charlotte programming also includes age-appropriate camps and year-round HappyFeet leagues in Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, York, and Lancaster counties.