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Camp teaches kids more than soccer

 

Andrew Hines

Matthew Kalbe, left, pushes the ball upfield as Maddox Parker, right, defends at the 152nd St. Complex on July 19.

The Pilchuck Soccer Alliance worked alongside UK International Soccer to put on their annual summer Soccer Camp July 16-20.

The camp is open to all children aged 4-12. Along with coaching, the camp includes a camp T-shirt and personal evaluations of each player.

"We have been coaching all over the country including Hawaii, California and now here. It's amazing to not only coach soccer but also spread culture to these very different areas of the world. On Wednesday we have an international day where the kids dress in their country's colors and learn things about that country as well. The base is soccer, but it becomes much more than that," said Lead Camp Coach Matt Weyman.

Over the four days of the camp each young athlete is coached by a group of professionals that take into account the needs of each age group as well as the needs of each individual. Through drills and scrimmages each player is encouraged to learn and adapt in order to improve. Each day the focus changes to different aspects including dribbling, control, passing, shooting and turning.

Along with these skills the camps also encourage personal development as well as inspiring each young athlete to continue their learning at home.

"I think because of where we are from the kids can relate to us more and listen due to our accents and the way we speak. It gives a certain level of validity to what we are saying and impacts them differently. These camps are spreading soccer across the United States, and with the World Cup coming here I think we're going to see a big boom in its popularity," said Coach Weyman.

Andrew Hines

Alyson Kleinman takes a big shot for her team during shooting practice at the 152nd St. Complex on July 19.

These camps are special as each coach is from a different part of the world and is recognized as an internationally qualified coach. Along with this theme of world athletes the camp is centered around a World Cup theme in which each child is playing for a different country in order to see who wins the Cup.

The Pilchuck Soccer Alliance covers the north area of Snohomish County including Marysville, Arlington and Lakewood. With a large soccer complex at their disposal they are looking to continue their growth and their pursuit to inspire and spread soccer. Not only do they provide camps, but they also run leagues as well as select teams ranging from U10 – U18.

If you are interested in more offerings from the Pilchuck Soccer Alliance, you can find all the information at http://www.pilchucksocceralliance.com. If you have any other questions you can also contact Club President Duke Joy at President@MarysvilleSoccer.com.

 

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