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Chatham Soccer League announces Academy Program

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham Soccer League is pleased to announce the addition of the U10 Academy Program to the available levels of play this fall. Academy programs seek to improve individual player development, satisfaction and retention, and to build a less pressured youth soccer environment for coaches, adult spectators, and match officials.

The U10 Academy Program is supported by United States Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer and the NC Youth Soccer Association. This program is open to U9 and U10 boys and girls interested in focusing on skills development in a fun, pressure free environment.

The Academy Director, Frank Fitzgerald, has coached many of the players participating in the program at the recreational level. Coach Fitzgerald states, “Each of these players possesses the desire to improve their game and have the attitude we are looking for in this program. Additionally, their families are willing to make the commitment to ensure this program is a success. We are thrilled to offer this to our soccer community.”

The practices will be conducted in a group environment for up to 32 kids this fall. Several experienced, licensed coaches have volunteered to work with the players in a variety of skills stations at each practice. No scores, results or standings will be kept for the academy teams during matches. The focus is on individual development and enjoyment free from standings and the pressure of results. Teams will be mixed up for game day to allow for like skilled players to compete against similar players.

The competition will be players from other local academy programs located in the Triangle area. CSL will host some of the matches and will travel for some. During the season, there will be four weekends of play that will each consist of two matches on either a Saturday or Sunday. The league plans to expand the Academy Program to add up to sixteen U8 players in the Fall of 2010.

More information about the U10 Academy Program is available on the NCYSA website or
questions can be sent to Frank Fitzgerald.

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