Star Turf runs a series of coaching programs suitable for all levels of player from the absolute beginner looking for a good, solid foundation and start to their footballing journey, through to the more advanced player looking to sharpen their skills and progress to the next level.
Our Star Nippers courses are specialised 45 minute football skill sessions for Pre – Schoolers.
We believe that this is an ideal opportunity to help your child develop their bodies and minds, their balance, coordination and listening skills - they will also learn how to take turns, share and work as a team.
Our ever evolving program has been specially developed by ourselves with pre-school children in mind.
With a little patience you will see your child developing ball skills and listening skills you may never have thought possible.
We are constantly amazed by how much they take in and progress week to week - considering their age.
Star Soccer is a skills based program which was established in 2007 in order to provide any young football player in Waikato an opportunity to improve their football skills.
Star Soccer primarily focuses on a players individual skills with the goal of them becoming comfortable with the ball at their feet, and to grow their confidence with a football.
The coaching plans include problem solving techniques and developing skills allowing our players to work together as a team.
The drills are designed to target different parts of a players skill set.
Our coaching staff are committed to providing a service which enables each player to progress and learn skills that they would not find elsewhere.
Why Do Young Players Need Star Soccer?
Are private training providers a must for young aspiring football players?
There is no doubting that at its grassroots heart football is a social sport - players get to play with their friends, make new friends, and learn the importance of team work, leadership and fair play.
However, the focus for many coaches is on how the team plays, and as you get older and up into higher grades of football, the focus shifts onto the results on the pitch which is of course dependent mostly on the performance of the team as opposed to the individual.
Like any team sport - the team is the sum of its parts and each player has their own specific skill-set that allows the team to excel… but (even at the elite level of the game in this country), coaches find that working on the individual skill sets with only (usually) two 1.5 hour group sessions a week is too challenging.
Techniques and individual skills and ball mastery often go without practice.
It's not the coach's fault; they have a large group of players to consider as a whole.
Training away from the team environment offers young players the opportunity to receive that individual attention.
It allows the coach to really highlight and focus on the areas of improvement for each individual player.
Players can work on skills and techniques they may not get the chance to in team practice.
Private training can provide benefits that players simply cannot get when working with a team group.
In a one hour session, players can run through the same technique and skill at least 100 times, and this kind of repetition of a technique or skill can help players focus on detail such as the placement of their non-kicking foot, which way their hips are facing etc.
Technical practices can be applied in team sessions to work on these skills, of course but the amount of repetition a player gets multiplies with a private training session.
Often over looked is this very important point.
Every player has a foot they prefer.
Lionel Messi is a household name for his left foot, but he scores plenty of goals with his right foot too.
There will be situations in games where players will need to utilize their non-dominant foot.
A chance to score may fall to them in the box.
They may have to put a cross in or the opposition defender may be playing them towards their non-favoured side.
The focus on working this foot in a non-team focused environment can provide opportunities that far exceed that of a team session.
A whole hour can be dedicated towards this, building the players' confidence to use it more often in games.
In a team session too, big personalities will always be heard more often than those of a quieter disposition.
This is not to say one is right or wrong, but those who are a little quieter may not get the attention they need.
In all walks of life, big characters get are the ones who are most noticed.
A private training session offers more than just a football training session.
It allows the coach to get to know the player more personally, gaining a greater indication of what makes them tick, why they play the game, and what they are looking for from it.