Soccer athletes strengthen skills at week-long camp

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Winters soccer athletes worked on strengthening their skills and technique through a week-long camp with the UK International soccer camp. (Courtesy photo)

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Winters AYSO kicked off the season by hosting a UK International soccer camp for the first time in many years. While Winters has gone several years without hosting, the success of the camp this year has AYSO registrants hoping that this program will continue in the future years to come.

“We would love to continue having the camp going forward, however it will largely depend on interest and having families available and able to host the coaches that come. Having local families help keep the camp fees lower for everyone,” said Regional Commissioner Alissa Clark.

This summer, the UK International Soccer camp lasted five days, starting on Monday, July 18 and continuing through Friday, July 22. The camp was designed for the entire league and helped players between the ages of four and 14 to learn and develop new skills and techniques in a fun environment.

This year, there were about 16-18 players registered in the 7-14 year old group and about seven to eight players in the evening session for 4 to 6-year-olds. These players were privileged to work with highly skilled coaches from the UK in preparation for the upcoming fall season.

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Camp participants learned about other countries and crafted flags for International Day. (Courtesy photo)

In addition to focusing on strengthening basic soccer skills, the coaches enhanced the team experience for athletes by introducing Social and Emotional Learning elements within each the Camp Day. They also brought in creative elements through their International Day where athletes were assigned a country to craft a flag for and to share some information about soccer there.

With excitement levels at an all time high the UK International coaches reached back out to the league and came back and host another camp that kicked off on Monday, Aug. 15.

Clark said the bonus week of camp is a great benefit to all the players who participate as they prepare for the first game of the season which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10.

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