FAQS

What is Great Goals?

Great Goals offers structured football,basketball and multi-sport programs that are fun and safe for children, and accountable to parents.In addition to technical skills, children learn problem- solving, teamwork,  leadership, respect and perseverance.

Our vision is to engage,inspire and empower young boys and girls.

Our mission is to develop players who are competitive,compassionate,disciplined,adaptable,driven and respectful.

What are the different programs?

Great Goals offers three  programs РFootball, Basketball and Multi-Sport across progressive age groups.

GREAT GOALS FOOTBALL

This Program is offered to four to sixteen year olds  at the beginner, intermediate and advanced skill Levels. In this class players are placed in U-6, U-7, U-9, U-11, U-13 and U-16 age groups. The Development/Team Program is for U-9,U-11, U-13,U-15 and is based on selections.

GREAT GOALS BASKETBALL

This program is offered to seven to sixteen year olds at the beginner and intermediate skill levels. In this class, children are grouped into U-9, U-11, U-13 and U-16 age groups.

GREAT GOALS MULTI-SPORT

This program¬† is for children aged three to four years in which kids learn the ABC‚ÄôS ‚Äď Agility, Balance and¬† Coordination along with Speed. In this age-specific multi-sport program,¬†coaches work through progressive levels of difficulty with the objective of teaching every child to catch and throw, move and run, skip, bounce and kick.

Please click on  Program for more details.

Where can my child come to play?

Please click on  Locations or call us for more information about classes offered at each location.

Can my child play in more than one location?

We encourage children to play at the same location, but due to the possibility of competing schedules, we will consider the above on an individual basis. However,  League participation is specific to one location.

How much do you charge?

There is a one-time registration fee.  

Training fees are normally for a 12 week period.* 

In addition, every player is required to wear a Great Goals uniform.**

 

(*Fees are subject to change and will be communicated to you during registration). 

(**Cost to be communicated during registration) 

 

Why are your sessions for the length of a term?

A term is a great window for beginners to learn game fundamentals, and for intermediate players to focus on improving their skills. For a player, a term is perfect to try out a sport.

Terms lengths are either twelve or sixteen weeks. We also run shorter sessions during summer months.

What happens during a Great Goals class?

All players  sign up to the regular program initially. During the term, there is an emphasis on improving overall fitness and endurance.

Each class is structured on the basis of age and player skill levels.Every player plays at least twice a week. The sessions are focussed on skill building and match play.

Every Great Goals player receives the optimum levels of training that he or she is able to absorb. Our primary motive is that all players enjoy their sessions with a sense of fun even as their skills improve, regardless of the stream Рregular or elite- that they are in. 

For younger players (under 7), the sessions aim to improve coordination, motor skills, teamwork, listening abilities and sporting discipline all  while having fun.

For players over 8 years old, training  is designed to improve four dimensions: Physical (agility & fitness), Mental (cognitive reasoning), Tactical (strategic awareness) and Technical (game skills). 

 

What is Development /Team Program and how does this work ?

The Great Goals Development /Team football program is for 8-16 years olds,selected by the coaches to receive more intense training. This group typically comprises players  who are willing to enthusiastically commit time, attitude and energy to learning skills of a higher order. Players must have the aptitude and appetite for competition. Attendance is compulsory for all Team training sessions which happen at least four times a week. Match play time is in addition to training.

If your child is selected, Great Goals will personally discuss with you-the parent/guardian  about the commitment involved.This includes being irrevocably committed to play only for the  Great Goals Academy at tournaments and matches anywhere, except when representing their own schools during their duration of being with Great Goals.

If my child does not make it to the Development/Team Program initially, is there potential in the future to do so??

We recognise that players will progress and improve over time. Great Goals ensures constant player assessment throughout the season.

We do also understand that some players may be unable to commit to the training schedule during a season while being able to do at other times.

So yes,there is potential to be a part of the Development program in their future.

What is the ‚ÄúLEAGUE‚ÄĚ?

The League is an in-house competition which typically takes place during the last few weeks of a regular term.

Players are divided into teams that play each other. The League is a highlight of the term, and reveals just how much  players improve their skills, teamwork and match play. Awards are given for performance, attitude & skill improvement.

Who are the Coaches?

Our coaches are the heart of our program. They are young yet experienced, energetic and deeply passionate about football and basketball. Many have coaching licenses or obtaining one. They are also active players- either at the Senior level or as part of Chennai's club league.

Visit our coaches page for more information.

What is your uniform policy?

Every Great Goals player has to wear the Great Goals  uniform during class or when representing Great Goals.

A uniform bestows a sense of pride and belonging as well as ensures their group identity and safety. 

Why do you require Identity ( ID) cards?

The safety of your children and our players is our priority.

The  ID cards help our field staff to ensure that your child leaves Great Goals classes only with an authorised adult. 

Yes, even parents/guardians or the authorised adult need to carry the child's ID card.

Great Goals will issue the ID card upon registration. All we need is a current passport photo of your child.

Are football / basketball shoes mandatory?

Coaches will recommend what is appropriate for the age-group. In general, we recommend shoes that provide the player with good grip, support and fit to ensure comfort and avoid injury..

For Football players who are part of the U-7,U-9, U-11, U13 and U-16 programs, a football kit is mandatory. This will include shin guards, long socks and proper fitting shoes

What is your Just For Girls program?

There is a tendency for girls to drop out of the football program once they reached a certain age which was around nine years. The Just for Girls, is a football program, that was started specifically to encourage them to continue their development.

Younger girls  below the age of nine are strongly encouraged to join the U-6 or U-7 or U-9 Football classes. Girls above this age can choose to play in the regular  Football or Just for Girls program.

What happens when it rains?

Outdoor sports are subject to the vagaries of weather. If the field or court is flooded, we will make reasonable attempts to continue training in a covered area. Players will continue to play in light drizzles. In the event of persistent rain,thunder,lightning or flooded fields and courts, class will be suspended.

Football age categories – U-6, U-7 – Players will stop playing during rain and will be moved indoors till safe playing conditions return. We will keep the players engaged in indoor drills in a covered area,if available. Otherwise, for safety reasons,classes will be cancelled.

Football – age categories above U-7 – We will suspend play during heavy rain or stormy conditions. During this time, coaches will undertake fitness classes in a covered area, if available.

Basketball –¬†We will suspend play during heavy rain or stormy conditions. During this time, coaches will undertake fitness classes in a covered area, if available.

Can my child make up for missed classes?

Generally our classes run at capacity. However, we will do our best to accommodate a missed class. Do email us if you need to schedule one.

Please see the missed-make up class rules in the Policy Handdbook.

Can I speak or connect with the coaches directly?

Due to the fact that we maintain a high coach to student ratio- our coaches are constantly busy. Their priority is the player on the field of play,before, during and after class.

If you do have a legitimate concern, please approach one of our field staff or call the Great Goals office numbers.

To schedule an appointment with a coach, please refer to our Policy Handbook

Can I take photographs?

To safeguard privacy and security this is not an option. We do however have official photographs and photo sessions that can be shared.

Please refer to the Policy Handbook for more details.

Does Great Goals cancel classes / What is your holiday policy?

Great Goals reserves the right to cancel classes or programs. Generally these are only under exceptional circumstances.  A calendar that includes scheduled holidays is issued at the beginning of every term.

We reserve the right to cancel  a program at a particular venue if there are not enough children registered in the said program.

Class will be cancelled  or suspended under the following conditions:

  • Adverse weather makes outdoor surfaces unplayable or unsafe for players.
  • The premises are required by the landlord for their purposes
  • Any other conditions that may compromise the field of play or the safety of players and coaches

Great Goals has a break at the end of every term. New term dates will be announced in ample advance to aid re-registration