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Park Slope United

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Park Slope United

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Reviews (16)

  • Soccer near Clinton Hill for toddlers?

    Our daughter goes to Park Slope United classes. They have them at Dean St Playground (we’re starting classes there 9/9) & S Oxford St Park. Not in Clinton Hill but maybe close enough depending on where you are!
  • Soccer recommendation for 5 year old new to the neighborhood

    We’ve had a great experience with Park Slope United. Our son started in the developmental league and has moved up from there. It’s not competitive but the coaches are top notch and kids really progress (if they are into it). We’ve been there 3 years and our son has formed a tight knit group of fellow soccer players his age.
  • Review from the 2021 Summer Camp Survey

    Name of camp: Park Slope United Soccer Camp Location: Parade Grounds How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 5 Review: Full day, full week of soccer! I thought my 5 year old would be worn out at the end of the day (which he was) but was still so excited to go back the next day. I was worried it would be too intense but I've never seen nicer or more fun coaches. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? They would benefit from having a coordinator for check in/check out to make it seem a bit more organized. Especially on the first day.
  • Review from the 2021 Summer Camp Survey

    Name of camp: PSU soccer camp Location: Parade Ground Soccer Area How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 5 Review: First social interaction since being fully remote. Our little man was in heaven and wanted to run/play more even after 6 hours of camp every day. Coaches were all very personable to our son even if he was not in their class. Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? Camp was no mask - however, we asked our son to keep his mask on at all times. He now has a mask tan line. We would prefer outdoor camps to continue to request masks for everyone participating.
  • Review from the 2021 Summer Camp Survey

    Name of camp: Park Slope United Soccer Camp Location: Parade Grounds How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 6 Review: Fun camp, lots of games, enthusiastic coaches What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The day was really long. Great if you need camp as childcare but 8:30-2:30 outside in the direct sun all day was a really long day Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? Masks required for unvaccinated, though most of kids had them off when it was the hottest part of the day. It was all outside and felt safe.
  • Review from the 2021 Summer Camp Survey

    Name of camp: Park Slope United Developmental Camp Location: Parade Grounds of Prospect Park How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 6, 8 Review: My kids both enjoyed this camp, which they did for two weeks this summer. It seemed to involve lots of soccer drills that made it serious enough for us, but with enough playground/downtime to make friends. The staff running the camp were responsive and safety conscience, and I think the cost of the camp was very fair.
  • Soccer for toddlers?

    Our littlest one (just about 3 years old) has been loving Park Slope United. For little kids, they run a program called Tot Footy- it's incredibly adorable to watch (!) and super fun for the kids. They have a big selection of classes at a number of locations and also spring break and summer camps.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    When I signed my son up for 6 weeks of soccer camp, I was a little worried that he would be sick of it partly through week 2... as we head into a break for a family vacation and we are 4 weeks in he is telling me that he wants to stay home and go to PSU! He is so happy and loves it. His soccer skills have definitely improved and having him be so active al day is just what my 6 year old, high energy son needs. Because both parents work, we also have him in the aftercare program which is more free play format - they make great use of the playground there for a texture change and my son gets a chance to see friends from different groups at that time and the older kids all seem to be very nice to him. My son does seem to wish they had a dedicated place to go inside when it is raining or too hot but the coaches are aware of the weather and plan appropriate activities and it doesn't seem to bother him much. What would you change? I wish there was one single bus that all the kids took to get there in the morning. So many kids are coming from the Park Slope area that it seems like they could even have a counselor who meets up with kids at a spot in the park near the 15th Street subway stop and either walks the kids through the Park to the Parade Grounds or if they had a bus that picked up around 9th street. Getting there and back twice everyday has not been as hard as I thought it would be but that is due in large part to the help from lots of other parents and the occasional Lyft which seems wasteful.
  • 2019 Summer Camp Review

    I was very disappointed by this camp. While it was marketed as 2.5 hours of soccer learning and play, the young kids actually spent very little time near the ball. Instead, the bulk of time was spent 1) going to the bathroom — the 3-5 year olds were placed at the field farthest from the public bathrooms and they only had 1 instructor for 14 little ones, so all 14 took a full hour to be walked to the bathroom and back to the field, and 2) watching an iPad (~30 mins) as the “coach” walked away to chat with coaches on other fields and spend time in his cell phone. When I asked my daughter how it was, she told me: “they made me watch cartoons on the iPad. I told the teacher I’m not allowed, but he said I had to.” Unfortunately, I was the only parent who stayed for the session (taking a day off from work to see my kid play) to witness this.
  • Soccer Program for 3 year old

    My son does Park Slope United now, and we love it.
  • 2018 Summer Camp Reviews

    Summer 2018 Review: Loved that it was a full day out of door camp and my child was exhausted by pickup! Did not like: we were told that for each week we paid my child would receive a ball and a shirt - we never received a shirt for the weeks attended. Also there are coaches who need training on how to interact and how to be a positive influence on children - my child was told that he would not be a soccer player when he grows up - which of course may be true but is astounding that a soccer coach would tell that to a child. It's like a science teacher telling a child you can't be a scientist when you grow up :-/ Age of child: 9
  • 2018 Summer Camp Reviews

    Summer 2018 Review: Loved that it was a full day out of door camp and my child was exhausted by pickup! Did not like: we were told that for each week we paid my child would receive a ball and a shirt - we never received a shirt for the weeks attended. Also there are coaches who need training on how to interact and how to be a positive influence on children - my child was told that he would not be a soccer player when he grows up - which of course may be true but is astounding that a soccer coach would tell that to a child. It's like a science teacher telling a child you can't be a scientist when you grow up :-/ Age of child: 9
  • 2018 Review

    my son has been playing on PSU's travel soccer team for two years, has attended their summer and spring break camps, and now my 6 year old daughter attends Monday classes. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this program. Nate Bell who started the program is both a trained athlete and masters graduate in sports psychology and has created a community that fosters relationships, skills, trust and team support. This isn't your everyday, parent-coaching type of soccer club for sure. The coaches have all played professionally at some level and are a diverse group of athletes who are kind, supportive and incredibly talented. Clearly you have my recommendation!
  • Soccer Tryouts

    Check out Park Slope United - it sounds like it might be a great fit for you. The coaching is phenomenal and the commitment is manageable.
  • Iso soccer team or game for 7 yo

    My children play with Park Slope United and love it. I do too. The coaching is professional and caring. They focus on not only soccer skills but sportsmanship.
  • Iso soccer team or game for 7 yo

    My kids play for Park Slope United too, and have had a very positive experience to date. As the other poster said, they don't just focus on skills and winning, but also on sportsmanship and building community, and providing kids with a supportive environment to experiment, learn and have fun. I believe registration is still open for Spring practice: http://www.parkslopeunited.com/ You can always drop Nate a note prior to registration (his email is on the site). He's very responsive.

 

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