FREQUENTLY ASKED 
QUESTIONS

General

What should my child bring to each session?

Please ensure your child is wearing sporty clothes. They need a bottle of water, snack, jumper. For football, they need shin pads. Either astro trainers or football boots are good on the 4G pitches.

What qualifications do your coaches have? 

All Shooting Starz coaches are DBS checked. Football coaches are qualified to FA Level 1 or more. Netball coaches are Netball Level 1. Gymnastics coaches are all qualified through British gymnastics.

What happens if it is raining heavily (or other extreme weather)?

We aim to play in all weathers. On rare occasions, we have to cancel sessions, either due to heavy rain or extreme heat. If that happens we will offer a credit for a future session.

Do you offer scholarships or bursaries?

We are working towards having a scheme of bursaries through our Shooting Starz Foundation. This will be available to parents in need, particularly for single-parent families, families with large numbers of children or other financially challenging circumstances. Until that is formally in place, please contact luke@shootingstarz.co.uk if you would like to be considered for a fee reduction.

How do I order kit?

Netball and football kits are ordered at the start of the season. You will be sent a link shortly after your child joins a team. 
Gymnastics kits are provided as part of your initial membership fee. 

We do make ad-hoc orders at other times of the year. Please email admin@shootingstarz.co.uk if you'd like to request a kit order.

Do Shooting Starz run birthday parties?

Yes! We can do football, netball or multi-sports parties. This can include pizzas and other refreshments if required. Please email parties@shootingstarz.co.uk for more details.  

Do Shooting Starz run after school clubs? 

We run after school clubs in a number of local schools including Latymer, King Fahad, Holy Cross and Belmont primary. Please email admin@shootingstarz.co.uk for more details.  

Do Shooting Starz run one-to-one training sessions? 

Yes! Please email admin@shootingstarz.co.uk to request one-to-one session with a coach. We can check their schedule and get these booked in for you. We can also set up private group sessions for up to 10 children.

Camps

What do kids need to have for the day?

A bottle of water. A snack box and a lunch box (No nuts). In the summer, make sure they have sun cream applied and have a sun hat. In the rainy or cold weather, please provide a rain jacket and suitable warm clothing.

What is the youngest age that a child can do camp?

Mini skills is for 3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. Football, gymnastics, netball and multi-sports start at 5 years and upwards.

What is the oldest age that a child can do camp?

12 years of age.

What happens in Mini Skills?

Mini Skills is designed to improve coordination, balance. Games include: Star Wars, Wrecking Ball, Battleships, Dodgeball, Foxes & Rabbits.

What happens in Multi Sports?

Multi Sports is made up of a mixture of invasion games, team races, target games. Example games include: Skittle Ball, Dodgeball, Capture the Flag, Hockey, Quidditch, Volleyball, Tennis.

Should I book in advance or on the day?

It helps us if you book in advance, so we can ensure that there are the right number of coaches for each different activity. See the camps page for booking details. Also, it allows us to communicate with you if there is last-minute news (for instance, regarding unusual weather). You can also pay on the day, if you prefer. The prices on the day is usually  higher than pre-booking price online.

Football

My child is just starting out at football. What’s the best way to get involved at Shooting Starz?

That Saturday morning sessions are open to all and are a great place to start. The first session is free. At the end of the session, talk to the coach to get a sense of the footballing options. See dates and booking.

How can I help my child get the most out of Shooting Starz football?

Don’t put any pressure on them. Encourage them to enjoy themselves! Most children find football to be tremendous fun.

For their first sessions, feel free to stay around and watch. Compliment on them on things they do well. Avoid the temptation to point out what they could have done better.

Away from Shooting Starz, take any opportunity to kick a ball about together. This gives them lots of ball touches which is key... and helps them appreciate football as a fun activity.

My child wants to join a team. What’s the best way to make that happen?

We have two sorts of teams: 

FC Starz play on Sundays and train on Wednesdays. They play against other teams in the local area. We have over 20 FC Starz teams, with ages between Under 7 and Under 14. We hold trials for the teams over the summer as the season starts on September. Occasionally have vacancies over the rest of the year. Email teams@shootingstarz.co.uk for more info. 

Shooting Starz 5s
is our internal 5-a-side league on a Friday night. We have approximately 50 teams playing against each other across 7 leagues. The best way to enter is to get together a team of 6-8 children, though occasionally we have vacancies for individual players. If you enter a team, we can supply a coach or a parent can be the coach. New leagues start with each school term. Email 5ives@shootingstarz.co.uk for more details. 

To get involved with either FC Starz or Friday Night 5s, a good starting point is to come for a Saturday morning training session and chat to your coach at the end. 

Why can’t I see the results for my kid’s FC Starz team?

FA guidance is that results should not be published for under 7 to under 11s. According to their website, this is because "children are competitive by nature, they want to win and don’t need a league table or results section on a website to confirm this."

Can you get my child a trial at a professional club?

A number of players from Shooting Starz have had successful trials and joined academies at clubs including Fulham, QPR and Arsenal. We’ve got good relationships with a number of academies and will make the right introductions if your child should be at that level. 

We have our own academy team called Starz Elite Development Academy for players aged 14-22 who play at a high level. Starz Elite Development Academy can act as bridge between FC Starz and professional clubs.

That said, the ethos of Shooting Starz is primarily focused on enjoyment and personal growth, rather than the dream of a football as a career. We strive to ensure there are opportunities for the exceptionally talented but we believe that for kids football should be primarily about fun.

My son has approached by a professional club. How should I consider this opportunity?

It is important to understand where they are being invited to. Most professional clubs run academies and also development centres (sometimes called elite or satellite centres). These are very different. 

Typically the club academy will run one team at each age group. Your child will not have to pay and will be signed for the duration of the season, or longer. Most clubs only have one academy side, which trains at the club’s training HQ.

Development centres (or elite or satellite centres) are normally run by the community section of the club, rather than the academy. Your child will have to pay to play. They are much bigger, with up to 200 children per year group. 

The lure of the club brand sometimes lures parents into the development programmes, not fully understanding what is being presented to them. Whilst they might provide a pathway into the academy, they are separate from the academy. In our opinion, Shooting Starz provide as many opportunities as most club community programmes.

What is Starz Elite Development Academy?

Starz Elite Development Academy is our top-level team, combined with football management agency. SEDA works to provide structure for young players attempting to break into the professional game. 

We pride ourselves on taking an ethical approach to football management, creating opportunities for young people of exceptional footballing talent. We typically work with those who have been released from professional clubs and need guidance and structure around their next move.  

We work by arranging trials and showcase games with contacts in the professional game. We distinguish ourselves by our honest and ethical approach. We aim to give every player the best advice possible. We support players from being unsigned through to once they are signed, continually guiding the player on a forward and upward path. 

Starz Elite Development Agency fits with FC Starz, our youth football club, to ensure that there is a pathway for talented players to perform at the highest level.

Netball

My child is just starting out at netball. What’s the best place to start at ShootingStarz? 

That Saturday morning sessions are open to all and a good place to start. (First session is free!) Your coach on Saturday morning can talk you through all the options when he has seen your child play. They’ll be able to suggest whether your child is ready for a team, whether they would benefit from regular training or how else they could progress.

My child wants to join a team. What’s the best way to make that happen?

We have two sorts of teams: 

Starz Netball play on Sundays and train on Wednesdays. They play against other teams in the Middlesex Youth league. Email @teams@shootingstarz.co.uk for more info. 

Shooting Starz 5s
is our internal 5-a-side league on Friday nights. We have approximately 12 teams, playing against each other across leagues. The best way to enter is to get together a team of 6-8 children, though occasionally we have vacancies for individual players. If you enter a team, we can supply a coach or a parent can be the coach. New leagues start with each school term. Email 5ives@shootingstarz.co.uk for more details. 

With either Starz Netball or Friday Night 5s, a good starting point is to come for a Saturday morning training session and chat to your coach at the end. 

Do the Starz Netball teams play competitive fixtures?

Yes, the teams are part of the Middlesex Junior league. All players must register through England netball.

When is the Netball training?

The Netball team train on Wednesday evenings.  We have a Saturday morning development session 10am-12pm for less experienced players who want to improve skills and learn the game without playing in the competitive fixtures.

Where is the training?

Depending on the time of year we have an indoor and outdoor venue. Our indoor venue is Latymer Sports Centre, Hammersmith and outdoor venue is Club Des Sport, Acton.

Gymnastics

What does my child need to need to wear?

We provide a gymnastics uniform as part of your membership package you purchase when joining the club. We ask the children to wear this to every lesson, please. 

Long hair needs to be tied back, jewellery and loose clothing need to be removed.

If attending a trial session the child can wear anything comfortable and easy to move in, e.g. leggings and a t-shirt.

How can I help my child get the most out of Starz Gymnastics?

Encouraging your child to do conditioning at home will aid their progressing in gymnastics. The club manager can provide you with specific at home workouts for your child to gain strength and improve flexibility outside of classes.
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