While working with players ranging from toddlers to high-schoolers, the professional coaches at U.K. Elite Soccer, Inc. incorporate individual training and team-focused programs to create well-rounded athletes both on and off the pitch. Their game-based approach to teaching helps younger students learn motor skills, social skills, and coordination, and gives older students the chance to learn how to dribble in Morse code. The instructors also incorporate methods from football clubs around the world, borrowing tricks from footballers in England, Brazil, the USA, Holland, France, Italy, and Germany to augment training courses. Programs run throughout the year, allowing players and coaches to focus on continual development no matter the season.
Owner Doug Gatanis and his business partner Zach Rubin both spent years playing soccer as youths, but it wasn’t until the pair met through a local soccer coach they realized their mutual plight: there were no serious soccer retailers operating in New York. That simple motivation has led to Upper 90 Soccer and Sport, the Upper West Side’s premier soccer outfitter and home of all things futbol. The store opened in September 2009 and has quickly expanded to two other locations, with the original Amsterdam Avenue location stocking all manner of soccer footwear, equipment and apparel, including professional team jerseys. Upper 90 even boasts flat screen TVs that constantly show games, and invites their regulars to grab a chair to catch the action themselves.
Love to play pick-up games of basketball or football? Well, it’s even more fun when you have established teams and even playoffs at the end of a season, just like the pros. ZogSports has all that, and you can even satisfy your conscience by knowing that a portion of the entry fees you pay to enter these competitive leagues go towards a charity of your choice. The sports aren’t limited to basketball and football: ZogSports also features leagues for soccer, hockey, softball, and even more niche sports like bocce ball, bowling, dodgeball, kickball, skeeball, ultimate Frisbee, and wiffleball. Have some fun, make some friends, and donate money to charity: there’s three very good reasons to join ZogSports.
Each year, the coaches from Kiddie Soccer introduce thousands of children between the ages of 3.5 and 6 to the most popular team sport in the world?soccer?through safe, fun classes in a constructive environment. For the first 50 minutes of each session, groups of up to 12 kids engage in team-building games such as Red Light Green Light or Sharks and Minnows to build physical and cooperative skills and, above all, have fun. Kids then split off into teams for a 10-minute friendly competition, enjoying themselves while learning teamwork under the coach's watchful, supportive eye.
The rumbling of thunder and flashes of lightning normally mean soaked and dejected sports players, but The Edge Sports Center keeps balls soaring through the air regardless of the weather outside. This is thanks to the center’s indoor field, which sets the stage for athletes hurtling footballs through the air or honing the fancy footwork needed to waltz with a soccer ball. The roster of classes expands beyond these sports and into speed and strength training to prepare youths planning to track down the yeti. Groups can rent the field for rainout-proof trainings or games, and the center also hosts birthday parties complete with pizza and cake.
HealthQuest Fitness wants to help everyone from toddlers to seniors get healthy and in shape. Its fitness programs incorporate sports such as basketball and volleyball, and group workouts include dance, gymnastics, and martial arts. An outdoor pool with a water slide, an indoor pool, and swim lessons encourage underwater exploration, and kids' classes bring the excitement of physical activity to younger generations.