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Activities for young people


We have many sporting activities and clubs for youngsters to enjoy. These include dedicated children's ICE gyms, the coolest craze with dance mats, themed children's parties, swimming lessons or football coaching, and check out the climbing wall at Laurel Road Community Leisure Centre. Activities available at selected centres only:

Strikes Soccer Academy

Strikes Junior Soccer Academy offers group soccer coaching for boys and girls aged 4 to 13 years.

Ice Gym

ICE Youth Gyms with equipment designed specially for children, this has to be the coolest place to work out for kids aged 8 - 16 years.

Dance Mats & Target Walls

The latest exciting and challenging group exercise dance game. Activities can include dance mats and target walls for those aged 5 years and over.

Strokes Swimming Instruction
Learning to swim is a vital part of a child's development and Strokes makes it fun! Book a place for your child on a 12 week course and give them a life skill at any age.

Children's Parties

For a great way to keep fit and have fun, themed parties include sports activities, ball pit & bouncy castle and dance parties and something to suit all ages.

Contact your leisure centre for details.

Essential Information
  • Strikes Junior Soccer Academy offers group football soccer for boys and girls aged 4 to 13.

    Children follow a 12 week programme called the Soccericulum, designed for children of all abilities.

    Certificates and badges are available to buy as children work through the programme.


    There are 24 levels of progression within the Soccericulum, 18 during Junior Strikes and 6 during Premier Strikes.

    Children start the Soccericulum at non-league level and work through the levels until they reach the Champions league.

    At this stage children should have mastered all basic skills and be able to perform complex drills and turns in pressurised situations. Parents can track their child's progress using the relevant assessment card. Assessment cards are issued on enrolment. When a child completes a level they can collect their certificate from reception.

    First Strikes - 4 to 6 years

    First Strikes classes are designed to introduce children to soccer.

    Children learn basic skills, passing, shooting and dribbling. First Strikes helps children develop independence, balance, co-ordination and motor skills and also encourages them to become socially interactive and confident.

    Junior Strikes - 6 years +

    During Junior Strikes children work through the Soccericulum (Strikes Progression System).

    Children enrolled on Junior Strikes learn more advanced skills, including heading, tackling and movement. Parents can track their childs progress using the assessment card given to them on enrolment.

    How to Join

    Your child must be at least 4 years old to enrol. You can get an application form from your nearest leisure centre.

    On enrolment, each child receives a personalised Strikes ID Card, which must be produced at reception before each lesson. The card ensures priority booking for subsequent courses.

    Course prices are available from your nearest leisure centre.

    During school holidays strikes offer one-week intensive holiday courses, combining the fundamentals of the longer Strikes courses with fun drills and small-sided games.

    For more information contact:

    Scot Leydon, Assistant Football Development Officer
    Phone: 0121 464 2081

    FA Girls & Womens Football Development Officer
    Phone: 0121 357 4278

    Coach Education

    A 24 - 30 hour course aimed at managers and coaches involved in junior team football. Course content includes attitudes and ethics, emergency aid, practical delivery and awareness of related aspects including growth and development, overuse injuries and football fitness.

    Who is the course for?

    • Minimum age 16 years
    • Managers and coaches of club teams aged 7-16 years
    • Prospective candidates for the FA Coaching Certificate
    • Youth leaders and prospective youth leaders
    • Colleges of FE students
    • CCPR CSLA students

    The Strikes Junior Soccer Academy is endorsed by Birmingham County Football Association and Birmingham City Football Club.

  • Strokes offers swimming lessons for all ages and abilities. All our teachers are accredited, either by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) or the Swimming Teachers Association (STA).

    Strokes for Life swimming lessons run four 12-week courses each year, with two-week break at Christmas

    Strokes offer swimming lessons for all ages and abilities

    The classes will now be called stages and are as follows:

    Adult & Child

    Swim a song award


    Ducking and Puffin award

    Stage 1

    Swim with aids

    Stage 2

    Can enter the class with aids but to move they must be able to complete the stage without.

    Stage 3

    Without aids

    Stage 4

    Looking for a quality recognised stroke over short distances.

    Stage 5a

    Rainbow stroke 5m front crawl/breaststroke/backstroke and butterfly, 25m distance award.

    Stage 5b

    Rainbow stroke 10m front crawl/breaststroke/backstroke and butterfly.

    Stage 6

    Rainbow distance 50m / level 1 personal survival

    Stage 7

    Rainbow distance 100m / level 2 personal survival

    Stage 8,9,10

    Swimming Challenge – bronze, silver, gold, competitive swimming performance award.

    Adult Strokes

    Whatever your age, it is never too late to learn to swim.

    To register an interest in a Strokes Course visit a leisure centre of your choice to enrol.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • Please contact the leisure centre direct, if you haven't been able to find the information that you need.