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Arsenal picks Colorado for summer soccer academy

March 26, 2009 | 9:32 am 1
By George Tanner

Arsenal will host three soccer academies this summer in the United States, including one June 28 to July 3 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Trained coaches from the Premiership club will travel from England to lead five-day programs for 11- to 16-year-olds, teaching boys and girls how to “play the Arsenal way.”

The academies will be the first official Arsenal program to take place in the United States and will focus on developing individual player skills. Sessions will focus on technical and tactical development, nutrition and fitness.

In addition to Commerce City, academies will be held in Massachusetts and Georgia.

The Arsenal academies are being led by former Arsenal player and former FC Dallas head coach Steve Morrow.  The coaches in the programs have been trained by Arsenal, and some have coached or been through the club’s youth system or women’s system. Arsenal has been operating training progams for more than 20 years and in 21 countries.   

Other sessions are from July 6-10 in Amherst, Mass., and from July 13 to July 17 in Atlanta.

Prices start from $125 per day for day campers and $170 per day for residential campers. Space is limited, but there are discounts for early registration.

For more information, go to playthearsenalway.com, call (303) 727-3648 or e-mail [email protected].

blockquote-tiny-georgie-mug George Tanner is a former writer and editor for the Rocky Mountain News; the Greeley Tribune; The Daily Independent of Ridgecrest, Calif.; the Durango Herald; and the Boulder Daily Camera. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and an associate professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver. E-mail him at [email protected].

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