MOUNT VERNON — Luke Edwards, Baz Yafai and Adam Fairhurst want to teach aspiring soccer players the way the game is played, and the long flight across the Atlantic was not going to stop them from doing so.
The British trio have teamed up to teach kids of all ages not only the game of soccer, but also the benefits that soccer provides, including teamwork and sportsmanship.
The ChallengerSports Soccer Camp at Mount Vernon kicked off on Monday morning. Kids of all ages learned the basics of ball control and dribbling. They took part in the drills both individually and in teams, with the coaches giving them tips and correcting the mistakes they made. In the last part of the day’s activities, the kids were split into separate teams and scrimmaged each other, showing off their enhanced skill set.
“I did sports coaching at university and through that, I got a job out here in the spring and fall,” Edwards said of the opportunity. “In the summer, I help run soccer camps in Granville.”
Edwards also spoke in-depth about the camp and what the kids would learn.
“We have a curriculum in place where the kids will get at least 1,000 touches on the ball throughout the week,” Edwards said. “The kids will also learn the ABC’s, which are agility, balance and coordination. We have kids ages 3-18, and we have specialized coaches from the United Kingdom. The coaches will travel to every state in America, and Mount Vernon happens to be one of the locations.”
Edwards also added that kids will get the proper training depending on their skill level. Each coach has specific drills for each type of player.
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