YOUTH SOCCER GETS BOOST FROM ENGLISH COACHES
July 27, 2007 11:00 pm
The camp coaches are, from left to right, back row: James English, Dave Huddleston and Richard Cook. Front row: Tommy Watson, Tome Hartley and Jamie Benton. (The Pilot/Josh Bronson).
The camp coaches are, from left to right, back row: James English, Dave Huddleston and Richard Cook. Front row: Tommy Watson, Tome Hartley and Jamie Benton. (The Pilot/Josh Bronson).

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

The Brookings-Harbor Youth Soccer League (BHYSL) held a week long soccer camp this week for youth from 4-14 years old. The camp brought out 70-plus players who were ready to learn the basics from professional coaches from England.

Six coaches from England, hired through UK International Soccer, put on the camp. The coaches put on daily clinics to teach the fundamentals of soccer. Each day had an emphasis on a specific skill such as shooting, passing, defending, and goal-keeping.

The campers and coaches showed off what they learned on Friday with their "World Cup" games. After battling throughout the week, teams displayed their skills for their parents with a final showing Friday afternoon.

Parents were also treated to a brief awards ceremony at the conclusion of the camp where each child received a certificate of completion and some of the older players received evaluations from their coaches.

Other awards were given out for Most Valuable Player and for wackiest dresser on "Wacky Wednesday."

In the evenings, the six coaches shed their whistles and put on their shinguards to scrimmage with members of the boys' and girls' soccer teams from Brookings-Harbor High School.

The six coaches have been touring the West Coast for the last several weeks, directing camps for youth of all ages. Their youth camps continue through summer and then the coaches begin conducting high school camps to prepare the teams for their upcoming seasons. They also offer a special clinic to local coaches where they teach specific drills and try to improve the standard of youth coaching.

While in Brookings, the coaches stayed with generous host families in the community, who provided them with a place to stay and meals throughout the week.

The host families also showed the coaches some of the beauty of the Wild Rivers Coast with kayaking excursions and jet boat trips.