Shooting Stars Academy

Kinder to 1st

The MVLA Shooting Stars Academy is open to boys and girls in Kinder & 1st Grade (players born in 2014 & 2015) as well as TKs (players born in 2016). 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.

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? Recommended that players bring water, and size 3 soccer ball.

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

Spring 2021 Sessions 

Our Spring 2021 Sessions are now FULL – We will post updates if more sessions open up. Thank you!

Spring 2021 Program Days and Hours:

Session 1: March 1 – May 12
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-5PM
Location: Eagle Park in Mountain View

Session 2: March 2 – May 13
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5PM
Location: Hillview Park in Los Altos

There will be no sessions the week of April 4. Make-Up Sessions (if necessary) will be added the week of May 17 and/or May 24.

Players must wear a mask during sessions.


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.