Boys Soccer Program Teaches Skills At Soccer Camp
On June 17-20, 94 boys soccer camp attendees filled Leopard Stadium to participate in soccer camp this year. The camp was hosted by the Lovejoy High School boys soccer program coached by Alex Duran.
During the week, soccer camp focused on the basics as well as different technical skills to help campers perform on the field. They worked on passing and receiving the ball properly, individual defending, defending in groups, finishing with proper technique, and above all else, having fun. Campers were split up into age groups and rotated to different stations as well as participating in scrimmages throughout the four days. Current high school soccer players spread out evenly on the field to help out attendees who look up to them. “It is important here at Lovejoy to have that connection,”Duran stated. “Many of our current players attended camp when they were younger, and they remember how fun it was and now it’s their turn to give back.”
Amongst the several campers who attended, 16 freshman signed up for camp to start training for their first high school soccer season. “It is important for incoming freshmen to be playing and getting touches over the summer,”Duran stated. “They understand they are no longer the top players in middle school, and therefore, have to get the work in and show they belong.” As soon as school starts, the team will hit the ground running and start their trial period for the upcoming season. After a phenomenal run in the playoffs last year, the high school team makes it an expectation to make a long run in the playoffs each year and perform to the best of their ability. “The boys know my expectations, but more importantly, they want to get back to the Regional Tournament and then who knows,”Duran stated.