Jen Cairns- Owner/Director
Jen, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, recently moved back to the area with her husband and two young children. Soccer has always been a big part of her life; she played a lot growing up and her high school team even won a Wisconsin state championship. She was a team captain and played Division I soccer at the University at Albany in New York and graduated with a BA in Communications. She has a master’s degree in Sports Management from Adelphi University. Jen also completed an associate degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastwick College and graduated with honors. She is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and has experience working in pediatric therapy.
Jen has over 10 years of coaching experience working with children of all ages and holds a USSF National D coaching license. Jen is so excited and passionate about bringing Soccer Shots to the area she grew up in. She believes soccer can help children enhance motor skills, learn teamwork and confidence, while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. She is dedicated to deliver a fun and memorable experience through the awesome game of soccer!
Jenny grew up in Madison Wisconsin, and has been playing sports since the age of two. She started playing soccer at five and went on to play at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jenny has been coaching soccer since she was 15 and has coached many other sports including skiing and gymnastics. Jenny holds a USSF National D coaching license and she is also a certified personal trainer/fitness coach. She enjoys staying active by playing ice hockey, tennis and running with her two dogs. Sports have taught her teamwork, commitment, and many other life skills. She hopes to pass some of these life skills onto the children she coaches, while providing a fun and exciting experience for all levels and ages!
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The “Three C's” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum
The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
The best coaches in the business
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.
An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.
Our Vision: To provide a beloved growth experience for every child; a remarkable experience for every family.
The History of Soccer Shots
Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1998 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.
The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.
In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.
In August of 2009, the Soccer Shots partners founded the Soccer Shots Foundation, the non-profit arm of Soccer Shots. The Soccer Shots Foundation provides opportunities to economically challenged children within the U.S. and around the world through the game of soccer.
From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 200 territories across 37 states and Canada. There were over 440,000 enrollments into Soccer Shots programming in 2018.
The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.
And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.
Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg.
Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game.
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.