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MINI STARS SHINE AT RESIDENTIAL CAMP

(May 24, 2017 - Red Deer)
The May long weekend witnessed the fifth annual Mini Stars Residential Camp, with 60 playersResidential Camp 17 Collage attending in Red Deer. Those involved were happy to dodge the weekend’s usual wet weather and instead enjoyed playing in the sunshine.

As in recent years, registration to the Residential Camp reached maximum capacity within a matter of minutes, and Alberta Soccer is grateful to everyone involved in making the camp such a success.

The camp is an ‘Introduction to Excellence’ program offered by Alberta Soccer’s Grassroots Development department.  It’s designed to provide Mini Stars’ athletes with an opportunity to experience a Provincial Team Program training environment and introduce them to a potential ‘next step’ on their soccer journey.

“There was tremendous talent and team spirit demonstrated by these young Alberta players,” saidThree wise coaches Manager of Grassroots Development, John Clubb, who was full of praise for the commitment and application of the players during the camp. “There were some very strong players who I anticipate seeing on future Provincial Teams.”

The emphasis of the camp was to prepare players for a bright future, and part of that included asking thoughtful questions of the participants during the weekend’s workshops. One such question, ‘What is the different between winning and success,’ is one many of us could benefit from considering.

PLAYERS BECOMING COACHES

(May 15, 2017 - Cochrane)
John Clubb, Manager of Grassroots Development, returned to Cochrane this past weekend to instruct a20170513_125416_resized FUNdamentals training course for the community. “The wheel continues to turn”, expressed John, “Many of the attending youth coaches used to be players in the program during a time when I previously supported the program as its technical director.”

The FUNdamentals Festival is essentially a coach development opportunity for communities to grow their coaches, and as a result, their future programs. 20170513_125745_resizedJohn was delighted to see many of the girls he once coached as young players now taking up the reins as coaches themselves. John described how this cycle benefits soccer, “When a soccer coach started out as a player in the sport, it bodes well for future player development.”

If you’re interested in having John visit your community, complete the online district outreach form.

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