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Over 50 attend YMCA youth soccer clinic

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Matt Schaefer huddles with some of the clinic participants before starting his skills station.

The Middlesex Family YMCA soccer clinic was a great success! Over 50 kids showed up dressed for the freezing temperatures and ready to play soccer.

With five volunteer coaches and many helping hands, the kids were able to relax and enjoy each skills station and walk away with knowledge for the season. The coaches for the 2014 Y spring season are all veteran coaches and are experienced in working with kids. 

“Our coaches are dedicated to the advancement of our county’s soccer program from the Y level to the high school level. Most of the kids that play for Rufus Ruark on the Middlesex High School varsity team played in Clark Laster’s soccer program years ago. The Y program is the foundation for our county’s soccer players and everywhere we play, people respect and admire our kid’s skills,” said Y program director Rebecca Panis. 

Each participant in Saturday’s clinic received a soccer ball to take home and the knowledge of how to use it. We look forward to a great season. Special thanks to Marcus Dixon, sports director at the Piedmont Family YMCA; Neal Barber, veteran Y coach and former Virginia Tech player; John Polson, veteran Y coach; Sandy Hickey, dedicated Y volunteer; Kris Graulich, veteran Y coach; and Matt Schaefer, Christchurch School varsity soccer coach and his players who volunteered at the clinic.

posted 03.05.2014

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