The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women’s Soccer team held their annual Youth Soccer Camp this past week from Wednesday morning to Friday afternoon. The camp, which emphasized perfecting a complete game, is designed to train beginning, intermediate, and advanced players in the fundamentals as well as offer several opportunities to apply these techniques.
Each day was divided into three sessions, each focusing on a different aspect of the game. Morning sessions worked on technical drills, while afternoon sessions were used to apply what was learned in the morning into small games and activities. Capping the day off, the evening session gave the players the opportunity to scrimmage, using all skills in full game situations.
“We aimed to apply the four dimensions of the game into each practice, technical, tactical, physical, and psychological,” Women’s Head Coach Joseph Townsend said. “We wanted to provide a learning environment that was also enjoyable for the players.”
Although the camp featured multiple teams, there were many girls that came from different schools as individuals. The two main teams that were present were Boyd County High school and Madison Southern High School. There were also players from Lynchburg High School, Cookeville, and Whitley County.
“Overall I feel the camp was a great opportunity for the players to come in and develop as players, teams, and individuals,” Coach Townsend said. “These camps not only allow players to start their pre-season training, but it also puts them in a new environment that many will find themselves in within a few years. Our aim was to provide good coaching and guidance to those high school players who are looking to take the next step and play at the college level.”