Our Mini Kicker’s Academy sessions are conducted by professional coaches that know how to develop the “game within the child”. We place a large emphasis on basic soccer skills which are learned by playing fun games that allow the imagination to run wild!
The next step in our Instructional Developmental Pathway takes our four-year-olds (Pre-K) players and places them on a “Soccer Island” that now resembles the shape of an actual soccer field (rectangle). Each player arrives to the greeting of a licensed Coach, and an LMVSC travel player with a “high-five” and a smile! Upon arrival, they are asked to pass or dribble the ball until the starting time. This fifty-minute session engages the players from start to finish with a fun and age-appropriate activities. The players will have a ball at their feet from start to finish and while focusing on the basic technical skills of dribbling, don’t be surprised if your player comes home with a new dribbling “trick” in their bag! Towards the end of each session, the players are placed into teams and are introduced to the game of soccer where the parents are heard cheering, and the players are seen smiling as they score endless goals!
The Mini Kickers Academy program falls under Recreational Soccer and will no longer be considered an Instructional Soccer program. Your child will automatically be placed into the Mini Kickers Academy program when you indicate your child’s age (4 years old) and grade (Pre-K) on their application. Please indicate your request in the “Special Request” section on the Registration form. You may also request a friend to be grouped with your child. We try to accommodate each and every request, but there are no guarantees. Two weeks prior to your first session, you will receive an e-mail indicating your session time.
Location: Manchester Lakes – 6204 Charles Arrington Drive Alexandria
Age: Birth Year 2014
Registration Fee: $85.00
Days of Training: Saturdays
Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/13, 10/20
Director of Recreation & Player Development
Justin O’Shell grew up playing in Northern Virginia area under Clyde Watson and Jamil Faryadi. He currently holds his USSF ‘C’ License and his National Youth License. As the Director of Recreation and Player Development, he is responsible for the Lee Mt. Vernon recreational program and coaching education, where he works with the recreational coaches to ensure they have the tools to succeed. He also oversees all of Lee Mt. Vernon’s pathway programs included in our Instructional Developmental Program starting with players as early as 2 years old, and working with them until they are 8 years old! Additionally, he leads our Patriots Developmental Academy as well as all of our Lee Mt. Vernon Camps & Clinics.
The LMVSC 2010 Boys Blue team plays in the Club Champions League (CCL). Head Coach Fernando Rivera has a USSF National “D” License
The 2004 Girls White team plays in the Club Champions League (CCL II). Head Coach Andrew Harvey has coached at LMVSC for 3 years. He currently holds his USSF “E” License, National Strength and Conditioning Certified Specialist and National Academy of Sports Medicine – Performance Enhancement Certified Specialist. Coach Andrew is a Performance Explosive Instructor and former Site Director at OneLife Fitness. Coach Andrew brings a wealth of experience working with athletes of all levels of the game. He grew up playing for Reston FC winning several VA State Championships as a youth. Andrew played Division 1 soccer, and graduated from James Madison University.