Diesel’s Skill Builders presented by Tom Byer’s Soccer Starts at Home is further expanding its reach in the Houston area by adding AVANCE-Houston, an organization providing preschool, parenting and adult education programs across greater Houston, and Spring Independent School District as partners, the club announced today.
Created by world-renowned youth soccer expert and author Tom Byer, and sponsored by Dynamo Charities, the development program uses Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash trained staff to teach children age-appropriate “Ball Mastery” exercises and games, with the ultimate goal of enhancing both physical and cognitive development.
“It is very exciting to add AVANCE-Houston and Spring ISD as partners to our Soccer Starts at Home program. Having the opportunity to reach more parents and kids with this program is something we are extremely excited about.,” Houston Dynamo Academy Director Paul Holocher said. “The goal of the program is to introduce more young kids to the sport of soccer and to begin to help them develop and learn skills at an early age. “
AVANCE-Houston and Spring ISD --- joined the program in mid-September. The semester-long program kicked off with a virtual meeting for parents and school board advisors and will include weekly instructional and motivational videos. Each program will also host one live session each week, where kids will have the chance to interact with Dynamo and Dash youth coaches.
“Physical activity is very important especially during these times that children are learning on a virtual format. We are thrilled to open this fun opportunity to them through this partnership. Children get to learn soccer and exercise—and they have the opportunity to engage with our city’s soccer stars,” says Luz Flores, Executive Director for AVANCE-Houston.
The program will also supply students with a digital program checklist that includes daily practice time, skill development and tips for parents. For more information, parents are encouraged to visit the Soccer Starts at Home resource page found on the Houston Dynamo website.
“Spring ISD is excited to partner with the Houston Dynamo and Dash for the 2020/2021 virtual Soccer Starts at Home series. Our physical education teachers are thrilled to utilize the provided instructional resources in their courses.” Said Lori Caroll, Physical Education and Health Coordinator for Spring IDS. “Additionally, our district's involvement in the Dynamo's Soccer Starts at Home program will foster a family bond using parents as instructors and motivators as their child begins to master a variety of skills. Spring ISD encourages student, staff, family, and community involvement in this phenomenal program. I can't wait to see the impact that Soccer Stars at Home has for the students and families of Spring ISD.”
Backed by research that has shown that physical development in young children has positive impacts on the development of cognitive skills, along with lifelong physical skills such as coordination, balance, and agility, Diesel’s Skill Builders looks to help improve early childhood development through the education and engagement of parents, schools, and clubs.