Andy Grant, Owner/Director
Raised by English parents, Andy has been playing soccer since he could walk. He achieved various levels as a player, such as three-time varsity letter winner, five-time Olympic Development Program player, one-time high school soccer state champion and four years as a player at the University of Miami. Andy has also been coaching soccer since the age of 14, where his first coaching job was instructing children 2-5 years of age. He went on to coach competitive club soccer in Pittsburgh, Pa., for five years.
In college, Andy earned his teaching certification along with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. After graduating in 2010, Andy has worked as a Soccer Shots franchise owner and director. Andy combines his passion for soccer with his calling as a teacher and a mentor while coaching soccer teams, running summer soccer games and giving one-on-one soccer lessons.
Andy holds certifications as a youth soccer coach and a public school teacher, and he is Heart Savers CPR certified.
Alex Grant, Director of Operations
Alex has been with Soccer Shots for five years, starting as a coach in his hometown of Pittsburgh before linking up with his brother Andy down here in Atlanta and is now Director of Operations for Soccer Shots Atlanta. Alex played soccer year-round whilst growing up, played four years of varsity soccer and won a National Indoor Championship at 15. He went on to play soccer with players from all over the world when he moved to the UK get his BA degree in Acting. Alex combines his theater background, his love for the beautiful game, and his passion for teaching everyday here at Soccer Shots!
Luke Walker, Director of Coaching
Originally from England, Luke began playing soccer as a young child in his hometown and later went on to coach in his community, working for Watford Football Club. After graduating college, he continued working with children and young people using soccer to help them build character and life skills. Luke has now been with Soccer Shots for nearly two years and loves developing new coaches to make a positive impact on the lives of children here in Atlanta!
Allie Millington, Director of Community Outreach
Allie grew up playing soccer all over the Atlanta area. Ever since she was little she has loved how the game of soccer can connect all people, regardless of their age, background, or language. Using soccer to encourage and develop the character of young people has always been something that Allie has been passionate about. This passion brought her and her husband to Brazil, where they spent six months coaching the kids there. Being a part of the Soccer Shots team has been an amazing experience for Allie, because it is the perfect culmination of what she loves most: kids and soccer! As the Director of Community Outreach, it is her goal to provide equal opportunities for every child to be able to experience the love of sports, friendship, and an encouraging environment!
Andrew Millington, Director of Future Programs
Andrew has enjoyed playing sports of all kinds since a toddler. His first interaction with team sports impacted him in a positive way and he believes that being a part of organized sport is an amazing way to learn and grow in a variety of vital ways. Andrew has played soccer at the club level in the United States and played semi-professional futsal in the United Kingdom. Andrew and his wife were soccer coaches in Brazil and have taken what they’ve learned from all over the world and are applying it all to the Soccer Shots way! Working with Soccer Shots has been a rich and rewarding experience for Andrew because he gets to see the same joy that he experienced as a young boy each and every day in the lives of those he coaches! Andrew is passionate about making a positive change in the lives of children, and he uses that passion to bring Soccer Shots into as many schools, childcare centers and parks as possible!
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.
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.
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 180 territories across 37 states and Canada. In 2016, more than 335,000 children participated in Soccer Shots.
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.