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M'ville Parks offers Kidz Love Soccer

 

Andrew Hines

Remy Mai dribbles the ball toward the goal as he scores in the last drill at Jennings Park Ballfields on July 6.

Throughout the summer, Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation has teamed up with Kidz Love Soccer in order to provide a wide range of Soccer Clinics.

Five levels of classes are held every Friday through Aug. 24 and cost $96. The classes are held at the Jennings Park ballfields and last a half an hour each.

The first level is called Mommy/Daddy and Me Soccer for athletes between the ages of 2-3.5. These classes are unique as they allow for parent interaction throughout the entire lesson. Beyond just working with soccer drills, this level focuses on developing motor skills and socialization with other students.

The second level, Tot Soccer, is a transition class for the ages of 3.5-4. In this level they focus on larger motor skill movement and introduce the kids to parts of the game that consist of structure in order to get them ready for the next level.

The third and fourth levels, Pre-Soccer and Soccer 1, are for the ages of 4-6. These levels work together as they focus on the basic skills and fundamentals of the game. In these courses students will learn how to dribble, pass, shoot and work together as a team. The drills are meant to support self esteem and create confidence in each players' ability.

Andrew Hines

Kiera Orr stops the ball in style as she works on ball control at Jennings Park Ballfields on July 6.

The final level, Soccer Skills and Scrimmages, is for the ages of 7-10 and consist of the most advanced young athletes. This is where it all comes together as athletes will need to work together as a team in each drill and scrimmage. This is where players will begin to learn strategy and placement.

"I love soccer and it is the most popular game in the world. In my opinion soccer is going to become more popular in America very soon, and it all starts with the kids. I just want to spread my knowledge and provide each kid with the love for the game," said Coach Khalil Elhawy.

Coach Elhawy has loved the sport of soccer from a very young age and has recently moved to the United States from Egypt, in order to pursue training and coaching. He has earned several certifications from several parts of the world and looks to share that knowledge with young players.

All of the information about the courses can be found in the Activities Guide at https://marysvillewa.gov/147/Parks-Culture-Recreation.

 

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