The sixth-annual JH Soccer Academy proved to be a huge success with 56 day and evening campers participating.
“I was very pleased with the turnout, it just keeps growing every year,” said Marion Harris, the camp’s organizer. “I’m very happy with the growth of soccer in this area.”
Trey Brown, who was participating in his fourth camp as an instructor, said he can definitely see an improvement in the soccer being played on the local level.
“The skill level has risen, even with the new campers,” said Brown, a former college and semi-pro player. “The kids are not making the same mistakes they made the year before. I see growth each year I’m here, and that keeps me coming back, to see how much they’ve grown as soccer players.”
Brown added that the biggest compliment he receives is when a participant thanks him.
“That’s when I know it’s real, when they thank me for all the training they gotten from me,” he said.
At the end of each camp, it is a tradition to have a goalie shootout. This year, Brown bested Jake Ballard in the male championship and Meagan Phillips topped Aubree Marshall in the female competition.
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