Kids kick it up at YMCA Soccer Camp

Published 3:51 pm Friday, July 27, 2018

Kids of all ages could be seen running around the soccer field and returning soccer ball headers on Wednesday morning at the YMCA soccer camp.

New sports director, Sarah Howell, is teaching the camp. Howell grew up playing the game of soccer and played on the college team at Georgia Southern University. She was excited to get out on the field and share her knowledge of the game with the kids.

Throughout the week, she taught them different aspects of the game and what to look out for when on the field.

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Monday the kids focused on individual techniques, Tuesday they learned how to shoot the ball, Wednesday they learned to defend, Thursday they focused on tactical skills and Friday they had a fun day of just playing.

Hayleigh Johns, 8, was one of the campers in attendance. She has been playing soccer for two years, but said Howell taught her how to properly shoot. Her favorite part of camp was getting to experience more about soccer while playing the game.

When playing in their scrimmages, Johns could be found in her position of midfielder, goalie or defender.

After learning to properly shoot, Johns made five goals in the scrimmage game. While Johns loved making goals, she liked being goalie best and said it is the most important position one can have.

Caiden Ethridge, 8, agreed that goalie is the most important position and added that it also the most fun.

“My favorite part of camp has been playing the scrimmages,” he said. “I like playing goalie and keeping people from scoring by almost hitting them.”

Ehtridge has been playing soccer for four years and said he can’t wait for soccer season again.

Howell said she has loved watching the kids have fun at camp this week and enjoy the game she knows so well.

For more information on how to get your child involved in soccer, contact the Bainbridge- Decatur County YMCA.