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Holiday Soccer Clinics for Kids

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by Michelle MacFarlane (subscribe)
Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys. See my parenting articles at and
Published March 21st 2012
If you're looking for an active alternative for the upcoming school holidays, a Starsports Soccer Clinic might be the go for your kids.

My older son is a super-keen soccer player, and has been from a young age. We were put onto Starsports clinics by other families who had sent their kids along. We first tried Starsports when my son was about 6 years old, and it proved a great experience for him.

Starsports runs soccer clinics every school holidays, usually in a couple of Brisbane locations. You can choose from a half-day or full-day program, and you can pick the days you send your child -- as little as one day and as much as the full week.

We started with just one day for my son. When we saw how much he liked it, we gradually increased the number of days he attended. A few years later, he happily attended every day of the week. While he's now moved on to other things, he still has fond memories of the clinics.

Starsports staff all have coaching qualifications and blue cards. There's usually one coach to about a dozen kids, and the children are divided into groups according to age (from 5 and 6 year olds up to those over 9). Each clinic includes skills and drills, but also plenty of games, including a mini 'World Cup' on the last day. The kids are generally friendly and the coaches give everyone encouragement, regardless of their level of skill. Each child also gets a Starsports soccer jersey as part of their enrolment (a big drawcard for younger kids).

starsports photo by michelle macfarlane
My older son ended up attending about six times, and always found it good fun. Like most things, though, it's a matter of finding the right match for your child. My younger son went only once and got bored with it after a single morning (which is why we started with just one day!). It's also worth bearing in mind that the kids are outdoors for most of the day so, during the hotter times of year (e.g. Christmas holidays), they need to have a bit of stamina.

During the other holidays, though, the weather is ideal, and it's great to see kids out running around rather than staring at a screen somewhere. So, if you've got a soccer enthusiast, or just a littlie who'd like to give soccer a try, Starsports could be a good option for you. Why not visit their website and see what's on offer this holidays?

Oh, and they also run soccer parties too if you're interested...)
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Why? For an active school holiday alternative
When: Every school holidays
Where: Usually parks or soccer fields at Greenslopes, Taringa and/or Indooroopilly
Cost: Easter 2012 prices $60 per day or $210 for four days
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