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If your children want to learn more about soccer or are looking to perfect their soccer skills, then don't forget to register your young ones for CNY Family Sports Centre's soccer camps this summer.

The first of three summer camps, designed for both inexperienced and advanced players ranging in age from 5 to 15 years old, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday June 25 through Thursday June 28 at the facility on Jones Road.

"So far we have seen registrations from players of all ages and ability," said Jon Ramin of CNY Family Sports Centre.

The camp aims to improve soccer skills regardless of a participant's level.

"Many of the younger players will receive training focused on technique and basic tactics of the game of soccer," Ramin said. "Advanced players will be challenged to perform skills at speed and encouraged to develop their ability to read the game and play at a higher level."

One of the unique features of CNYFSC soccer camps is the competitive "World Cup" tournament that each camper participates in as part of a team. Each team receives a name after a country in the world and earns points through wins, ties, sportsmanship and team spirit throughout the camp. Standings are kept on a daily basis and lead up to a championship game between point leaders at the week's end.

"(The tournament) builds teamwork and also creates a competitive environment for all players to practice their technical and tactical ability learned at camp," Ramin said.

Participants will also receive a T-shirt and are eligible for prizes awarded throughout the week. The second and third soccer camp sessions will be held July 16 to 19 and Aug. 6 to 9 respectively. A goalkeeper camp will also be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 19 and 20 at the facility.

For more information, call CNY Family Sports Centre at 638-8866 or visit cnyfsc.com. Camp brochures are available at cnyfsc.com. The center is at 7201 Jones Road in the greater Baldwinsville area.

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