By Keith Jackman
Special to myguidon.com
The Fort Leonard Wood Youth Sports and Fitness program, in association with the Fort Leonard Wood United Soccer Club, conducted their semi-annual Soccer Skills Clinic April 20.
Proud parents gathered to cheer on participants as they were taught the fundamentals of the sport and conducted a pick-up game.
Players from the FLW United Soccer Club worked side by side with the youth, teaching skills and giving guidance.
FLW United head coach Jeff Cornuet, said, “We get so much from the base,” referring to the support from the community and the continued use of practice and playing space.
“This is a way for the post team to give back. We came up with the idea last year and the kids have loved it,” he said.
Held twice a year, the soccer clinic is free of charge and open to all youth within the ages of 5 to 10. The program, however, invites whole family.
“Parents are welcome to come out and learn (as well). If they learn they can help their kids solidify the skills they picked with us.” Cornuet said. “It helps build their confidence and build on their skills.”
Robert Nott, director of Youth Sports and Fitness, also attended the event. “I’m hopeful that the young players will walk away gaining a few skills, but basically have fun,” he said.
One of the FLW United instructors, Lisa Capocci, expressed her satisfaction with the young players, “They have so much energy and are very willing to learn,” she said.
As the clinic wound down, players and coaches gathered in a huddle and hands were put in the middle. “Go United!” was exclaimed and clinic was done, until next time.
(Editor’s note: Jackman is a volunteer writer for the GUIDON and myguidon.com.)
Click thumbnails to see additional photos: