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Men's soccer kicks off youth camp season

<b>Head coach John Trask addressed the campers in Camp Randall Stadium.</b>

Head coach John Trask addressed the campers in Camp Randall Stadium.

July 1, 2010

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MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team kicked off its first Wisconsin Soccer Camp of the summer on Tuesday. The Boys’ Elite Soccer Academy, a four-day overnight camp, runs through Friday, and players of all ages looking to hone their skills still have opportunities to participate in Wisconsin Soccer Camp this summer.

A second session of the Boys’ Elite Soccer Academy is slated for July 11-14 for boys ages 11-18. These sessions are designed for players of all levels looking to improve technical skills or advance their game.

Camp participants have the opportunity to train with Wisconsin head coach John Trask and assistant coaches Keith Tiemeyer and Phil Presser, as well as UW student-athletes.

The camp includes morning, afternoon and evening training sessions. Players work on skills such as finishing, passing, dribbling and ball control, as well as tactical development with full matches and tournaments. Campers also take part in film sessions, lectures and question-and-answer sessions, as well as a college recruiting seminar.

Specialized training is designed for both field players and goalkeepers, and campers have their choice of a commuter or residential option.

The opening session of the Boys’ Elite Soccer Academy has been a success so far. Around 160 participants have enjoyed training where the Badgers play.

Thursday’s evening session concluded with a demonstration from current Badgers Danny Ahlering, Cale Cooper, Colin Monasterio and Josh Thiermann. Trask led the demonstration while addressing the camp participants on the importance of being comfortable with the ball and the World Cup. Meanwhile, the Badgers demonstrated juggling, volleying and shooting before showcasing Trask’s famous game of soccer tennis.

In addition to the Boys’ Elite Soccer Academy, young players have the opportunity to participate in Badger Soccer Day Camp, co-hosted by the Badgers men’s and women’s soccer teams from July 19-23. This session is open to boys and girls ages 4-12.

The Badger Soccer Day Camp provides young soccer players with an ideal environment to develop their soccer skills and knowledge of the game. Instruction is meant to be challenging and fun to support the young players’ love of the game.

Little Stars, ages 4-6, will have a variety of activities and games added to the curriculum to keep the focus on having fun while learning skills, while the older players, ages 6-12, will be challenged at an appropriate level with more advanced activities for both field players and goalkeepers.

UW wraps up the summer camp season with the Chicago Soccer Day Camp, which is scheduled for July 26-30 in Chicago. This camp is open to boys and girls ages 4-14.

For more information on all of the camps, visit www.uwcamps.com or www.wisconsinsoccercamp.com.

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