L’il Kickers

At Ireland Park in north Burlington, a group of soccer enthusiasts gather on Saturday mornings to hone their craft. They work on skills, stretch, run, and develop. Oh, and they are roughly 3 years old. L’il Kickers focuses on fun, with some soccer thrown in for good measure. The youngsters have a blast with their coaches, where the main skill is a high five. Check out some of the ‘action’ from a recent practice. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Livia Bray, 2, takes aim with a kick. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Nicole Thompson

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Livia Bray, 2, takes aim with a kick. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Coach Johnny Trigueros gets plenty of high fives from the group after a run. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Nicole Thompson

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Coach Johnny Trigueros gets plenty of high fives from the group after a run. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Steve & Rylie Overend run together down the field. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Nicole Thompson

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Steve & Rylie Overend run together down the field. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Domenic Torresan, 3&1/2, has a high five for coach Johnny Trigueros. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Nicole Thompson

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Domenic Torresan, 3&1/2, has a high five for coach Johnny Trigueros. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Harrison Mehes, 2&1/2, hands on hips, looks the part of the soccer player. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Nicole Thompson

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Harrison Mehes, 2&1/2, hands on hips, looks the part of the soccer player. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Coachg Milo Horovat cheers on Harrison Mehes, 2&1/2, as he kicks one into the net. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Nicole Thompson

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Coachg Milo Horovat cheers on Harrison Mehes, 2&1/2, as he kicks one into the net. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Harrison Mehes, 2&1/2, runs through some pylons. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Nicole Thompson

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Harrison Mehes, 2&1/2, runs through some pylons. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Ibrahim Abdel-Aziz, 2&1/2, watches the fun. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Nicole Thompson

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Ibrahim Abdel-Aziz, 2&1/2, watches the fun. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Kyall Galoni, 2&1/2, looks good in her heart shaped sunglasses. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Nicole Thompson

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, August 22, 2015 -Lil Strikers soccer, for kids aged 2&1/2 to 3&1/2, at Ireland Park in Burlington, where the focus is on fun rather than competition. Kyall Galoni, 2&1/2, looks good in her heart shaped sunglasses. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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