Shooting Stars Academy

Ages 4-8

The MVLA Shooting Stars Academy is open to boys and girls ages 4-8 and offers the best soccer after-school program for players starting their soccer journey. 

Shooting Stars Academy features three 10-week programs per year (fall, winter, spring); signups available by day with additional playdates available on the weekends. Shooting Stars players learn the fundamentals, challenge themselves, and emerge as more confident players, all while having fun in a positive environment.

Enrollment will open later this summer for the 10-week Fall Shooting Stars program. In the meantime, check out our MVLA Shooting Stars half-day camps taking place in June and August. These camps are perfect for soccer players looking for a positive and fun environment! SIGN UP TODAY!

Program Information

Open to boys and girls ages 4-8

What is the philosophy of Shooting Stars? Our ball mastery sessions use skill-based games to promote individual time on the ball and real PASSION for playing soccer.

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) See the updated Shooting Stars schedule listed in the next section below. 

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. 

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 2022 Sessions 

Spring 2022 Program (10 weeks): 

Locations: Hillview Park (97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos) and Eagle Park (650 Franklin Street, Mountain View)

Group 1: March 14 – May 16
Mondays  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Eagle Park

Group 2: March 15 – May 17
Tuesdays  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Hillview Park

Group 3: March 16 – May 18
Wednesdays  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Eagle Park

Group 4: March 17 – May 19
Tuesdays  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Hillview Park

Cost: $180/Group

Playdates: Saturdays 9:00 am – 9:55 am or 10:00 am – 10:55 am, March 19 – May 21 Cost: $90

If there are cancelled sessions, they will be added the week of May 23.

Masks are encouraged but not mandatory while participating in outdoor sports.

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.