Now one of my 16-month-old’s first official words is ‘Goooaaaal!’
With a dad who’s Arsenal mad, an uncle who could have gone pro and a big brother who’s been ‘scoring’ since he was in the womb, it’s no wonder that Jed’s footie obsessed.
If your little ones have been inspired by the World Cup and you’re looking for a way to burn up all that restless energy, why not enrol them in a football club? Some will coach dribblers as young as 18 months.
Here’s our pick of where to get your kicks around the capital:
Classes around London including Hyde Park and Notting Hill, sessions for ages 18 months to 7 years.
Popular franchise with classes London and UK-wide including Islington, Kensal Green and Richmond, ages 18 months to 7 years.
Little Soccer Stars
Active-packed courses in Highbury & Islington, Stoke Newington & the City for ages 2-7 years.
TFA’s Toddler Squad
Total Football Academy’s groups in north and west London and Essex, including Crouch End and Chigwell, for ages 2.5-5 years
Ministry of Football
Football development programme on Sundays in Muswell Hill, N10 includes sessions for ages 3-5 years.
Little League One
Fun classes led by FA coaches in Hampstead, NW3 and Totteridge, N20 for ages 3-5 years.
Junior coaching in SW London, mainly Clapham, Wandsworth and Balham, for ages 4-11 years.