Summer soccer academy in full swing on Church St.

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George handling reins of popular program

Summer soccer academy in full swing on Church St.

Amherst - The 2008 summer soccer academy is in full swing as kids of all ages are coming out coming out to take part in the three sessions at the Church street soccer pitch.

The under 8s took take the field at 9 a.m., then at 10:15 a.m. its the under 10s turn, then at 11:45 a.m. its the under 12s taking to the pitch.

All sessions are co-ed, bringing in male and female players from around the county.

The aim of the academy is to provide and opportunity for players between the age of eight and 11 to be involved in a positive soccer experience, said academy coach Shawn George.

The program is aimed at the development of junior players, providing an atmosphere of fun and skilled competition for the many participants..

The emphasis is on soccer technique and skill development using a variety of drills and functional games, according to George.

The highly qualified staff provides a soccer environment where players can learn as individuals and in a team environment.

Each day ends with some form of small-sided game and each participant will receive a certificate of skills completion at the end of the program.

There is also a goal-keeping component to the academy.

George has extensive coaching experience.

He is the technical director of the Highland District Soccer Association and while continuing to coach, train and play soccer he is involved in completing the Canadian Soccer Association B License Program.

He completed his BA in community studies at Cape Breton University in 2000, where he excelled on the Mens Varsity Team.

He captained the team for three years, was the three time MVP, two time All-Conference AUAA First Team All-Star and UCCB Male Athlete of the Year.

Over his five-year tenure he was involved with indoor/outdoor soccer camps.

George is now a member of the Mens Sr. A Highland Knights of the NSSL Premiership.



Organizations: Highland District Soccer Association, Canadian Soccer Association, Cape Breton University Mens Varsity Team Mens Sr. A Highland Knights

Geographic location: Amherst

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