The HappyFeet Story

HappyFeet originated in 1988 in Kansas City during coaching sessions for 3, 4 & 5 year-old kids at a local indoor soccer center. It began with stories like "Gus the Banana Gobbling Gorilla," and later on songs such as "Roll, roll, roll the ball" to the tune of "Row, row, row your boat." Today, HappyFeet is operated in over 100 locations both here in the U.S. and abroad. 

HappyFeet Founder Andy Barney was born in Oxford, England and raised in a soccer-rich family with two generations of professional play. Andy came to the U.S. and established British Soccer Camps, now called Challenger Sports, the country's largest camp organization. He went on to spend his adult life developing his coaching philosophy that focuses on creating "Brave, Creative Leaders for Life!"

We are proud to know that through out leagues, classes and summer camps...HappyFeet has introduced the sport of soccer to children in a way we're confident will have a lasting, positive impact.

HappyFeet Pittsburgh

HappyFeet programs have been running in the greater Pittsburgh area for over 10 years.  We follow an age appropriate curriculum to create a positive, lasting impact on children looking to begin organized physical fitness activities and sports.  HappyFeet is a tremendous head start that builds confidence, self-esteem, balance, coordination and listening skills!  Explore the website to learn more about our programs or contact Ande if you're interested in adding us as an enrichment provider at a school or community location near you!

Meet The Director

Coach Ande has been directing HappyFeet since it came to Pittsburgh more than 10 years ago. Ande attended Westwinster College and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. He played four years at WC, leading the President's Athletic Conference in scoring one season and serving as captain of the team for two years en route to one conference championship, multiple All-PAC selections and one NCAA appearance. He has over a decade of coaching experience ranging from varsity high school teams, middle school teams, running the Legends Youth Academy at PISA, futsal and currently coaches at the Academy level for Beadling (East) Soccer Club. 

Far beyond all accolades and recognition, the director of this program has a deep appreciation for the long term development of youth soccer in this community, while continuing to educate, be a positive influence, and give back to the sport that his given him so much.  He resides in the Pittsburgh area with his family.