BYSA summer soccer camp a success

Baldwinsville Youth Soccer Association hosted a soccer camp for players ages 4-13 at Spence Field in Lysander Park the week of July 19-23.

BYSA partnered with Midwest Soccer Academy to operate the camp. MSA brought in two English soccer coaches, Jonty Loukes, originally from Sheffield, England and Tom Hill of Leeds, England to run the camp, assisted by BYSA's own Annie Simmonds.

Twenty-five players participated in the week-long program.

"For our first-ever summer camp, we are thrilled with the results," confirmed Hugh Goodridge, President of BYSA.

There was an almost even mix of younger players in the half-day session and more experienced players in the full-day session. Players had of fun while learning valuable soccer skills.

Many parents inquired as to whether BYSA would run a similar camp again next year.

"We've had extremely positive feedback from both players and their parents," said Pete Simmonds, publicity director at BYSA. "Based on our experience this year, we certainly would be interested in offering a camp again next summer."

BYSA is entering its 16th season of operation and is one of NY State's largest youth soccer programs, with almost 1,000 players per year. For the fourth consecutive year, BYSA is holding online registration fees for $75 per player.

BYSA is preparing to launch the 2010-2011 season with the annual coaches meeting on Wednesday, August 11 and coaching clinics on Monday, August 16 and Thursday, August 19. Team practices start the week of August 30.

Pete Simmonds

English Coaches Tom Hill (on left, in orange) and Jonty Loukes (right, in orange) and BYSA's Annie Simmonds instruct players during BYSA's Summer Soccer Camp in July.

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