SPORTS: Soccer academy registration for children 7 to 14 starts Monday

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Youth Soccer Club and the Peninsula College soccer program have started a new partnership to offer a soccer academy for area boys and girls ages 7 to 14.

Registration for the Peninsula Soccer Academy starts Monday.

The program, to be taught by Peninsula College soccer coaches and players along with adult volunteers from the youth soccer club, will provide a high quality developmental-based program for children interested in enhancing their soccer skills and knowledge.

Washington State Youth Soccer studies have shown that the more touches young players can get on the ball in a learning environment, the more likely they are to develop and execute the basic skills required to play in a highly competitive environment.

Peninsula Soccer Academy will provide a high coach-to-kid ratio and by focusing on drills and fundamentals along with many small sided 3 vs. 3 or 6 vs. 6 games, according to a news release provided by the academy.

There will be no teams in the academy.

The players will be separated by gender and age and then constantly mixed and matched according to skill level.

Twice in the season the academy will host a jamboree where the players will be placed on small-sided teams and show off their practiced skills in a competitive format.

The academy will be held at the new turf field at Peninsula College.

Academy starts on Monday, April 11 and ends on Thursday, June 2.

Cost is $45 per child.

Ages 7 through 10 will participate on Mondays and Wednesdays while ages 11-14 will participate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, all from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

The first jamboree is set for the weekend of April 30 through May 2 while the second jamboree is scheduled for the weekend of June 4-5.

Ages 7-10 will have their jamborees on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while ages 11-14 will have their jamborees on Sundays at the same time.

For more information, contact Darin Reidel at darin.reidel@gmail.com.

Register Online at www.portangelessoccer.com.

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