“ Brand: ELC / Type: Kids Sport Equipment „
==Early Learning Centre Pop UP Goal==
Jack is not the most coordinated of children especially when it comes to playing football and obviously has got my sporting skills instead of Himself's. This item was one thing that himself had bought Jack with the idea that they could take it to the park and have a bit of a kick around when Jack was a little younger.
The set was purchased for around £15 from the ELC a few years back and I have only just come across it down the back of Jack chest of drawers where it has been for a good while (this is obviously saying something!). I think what drew Himself to buying it was the fact that it comes in a really nice little round carry case in the shape and look of a football. This looked ideal for being able to take the goal out and about and just what Himself had in mind.
The age range of this item is for those aged 3 to 6 but really under supervision this age range can be lowered to as soon as your child is able to grasp the concept of kicking a ball into a goal as there are no really small bits that come with it.
The idea of the tent is simple and once you pull the item out of the bag it will literally spring up into a small sized goal which has a sloped back and sides to it with an open area at the front where the ball is to be kicked into. It is a blue and green colour with mesh material type sides and the whole thing is made from a tent type of lightweight material. It does come with four plastic pegs which need to go through the eyelets on the corners of the base and this is very straight forward and fairly easy to do depending on the ground you are putting the pegs into. The plastic pegs don't feel that strong although to be fair we have always tried to put it into softer ground as from the look of the bend in the pegs you can always tell how much pressure that they can take.
The goal is actually quite small as far as these things go but I guess this should have been expected considering how small the carry case is and the fact that it is portable. However when himself stands in goal it is almost impossible for Jack to get a ball of any real size past his legs and into the back of the goal. I think this goal is more designed for practise getting it into the goal without anyone trying to stop the ball. This is still fairly tricky as the sides of the tent do come round to the front slightly and the whole area of goal is not very large and Jack will often get frustrated when he repeatedly can't manage to score.
As far as the quality of the item goes it is really well made but getting the tend back down into the right position to be tucked away into the carry case is not the easiest of things to do and Himself would get a bit wound up with trying to do it and it has never been as neat as when we first bought it in the carry case.
I think the goal was only really used a handful of time and this is why I have now put it in the box of items that we are planning to boot sale. Jack being even older now means that he is bigger and this goal probably would be much smaller for him which wouldn't' be ideal and to be fair the hassle of getting it back into the case again is too much for Himself to handle and they are just using their jumpers as goal posts which is probably a far better idea.
Although made well the design isn't that good and to be fair I really couldn't' recommend it. It is not really made for play with an adult as the area of goal is just too small and it was not something Jack enjoyed to play with on his own. I feel that a score of 2 out of 5 is being a little generous because for £15 I feel that this really was money that was wasted.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I actually won one of these goals and having priced it on the net, at £15... I'm really impressed with them. My children are very young and don't understand the concept of kicking a ball in to a goal, but they absolutely love it. My one year old simply sits in it and my two year old tries to kick balls towards it, then picks them up and places them inside. It's a good size goal and I think the ideal age for this toy would be 3 years. It's been in our garden through rain and hot sun and survived. The "pop up" element is great, you can fold the goal flat and store it in seconds. The quality of the fabric is superb and it has once again confirmed to me that ELC products are worth every penny and are extremely well priced.