Shooting Stars Academy

Kinder to 1st

The MVLA Shooting Stars Academy is open to boys and girls in Kinder & 1st Grade (players born in 2016, 2015 & 2014). Our after-school camp offers the best soccer experience for players starting their soccer journey.

Shooting Stars players will learn the fundamentals, challenge themselves, and emerge as more confident players, all while having fun in a positive environment.

Program Information

Open to boys and girls in Kinder & First Grade 
*For TK/PreK, please check our Comets page for more information! Please contact Coach Tom ( with questions.

Play dates are back! Every Saturday morning for the duration of the program, players have the option to play small-sided games to show their skills and score a ton of goals. 

Player & Coach Safety
We will be adhering to MVLA’s Return-to-Play Protocol and ask that you take the time to read our Responsibilities document, which lists what is expected from our coaches, players and parents to ensure that everyone stays safe. Key points include:

– Players must enter and exit from specific side of field (please refer to map on Responsibilities document)
– Players must wear a mask when entering and leaving the field and during sessions
– Coach and players will remain socially distanced to the maximum extent possible during the session

What do I bring? It is recommended that players bring water. They are also welcome to bring a ball, but there will be plenty of balls provided at the field.

What do I wear? Wearing cleats and shinguards under soccer socks is encouraged.

What are the Program Hours? (Fall, Winter, Spring) Our ball mastery sessions use skill-based games to promote individual time on the ball and real PASSION for playing soccer. 

I have more questions about registration, who should I contact? For more information please contact Coach Tom (

MVLA provides a need-based financial aid program. For further information and to apply click here

Fall 2021 Sessions 

Fall 2021 Program Days and Hours: ALL CLASSES ARE FULL

Group 1: August 23 – October 25
Mondays  4-5PM
Location: Eagle Park, Mountain View

Session 2: August 24 – October 26
Tuesdays  4-5PM
Location: Hillview Park, Los Altos

Group 3: August 25 – October 27
Wednesdays  4-5PM
Location: Eagle Park, Mountain View

Group 4: August 26 – October 28
Thursdays  4-5PM
Location: Hillview Park, Los Altos

Play Dates: Saturdays from 9:00-9:55AM or 10:00-10:55AM August 28 – November 6 (there will be no session on September 11)
Location: Hillview Park, Los Altos

Cost: $180/Group, additional $90 for Saturday Play Dates

If there are cancelled sessions, they will be added the week of November 1.

Players must wear a mask during sessions. NOTE: We will change this in the fall if applicable to conform to current guidelines.

If you have questions about the Shooting Stars Program, please contact Coach Tom at


ABOUT COACH Tom Henshall

Coach Tom graduated from Bowdoin College in 2015 after four seasons on the Varsity team. After graduation, he pursued his dreams by teaching and playing soccer semi-professionally in Northern Italy. Upon returning to the US, Coach Tom served as the Volunteer Assistant Coach with Bowdoin Men’s Soccer for two seasons before moving to the Bay Area in early 2018. He acts as MVLA Director of Community Programs and Head Coach of three MVLA teams. Coach Tom has a strong background in education and holds several USSF Grassroots Licenses.