The second annual American Youth Soccer Organization summer camp began July 13 at Heritage Christian Academy in New Tazewell for the local AYSO Region 551 players.
Fourteen players representing ages 3-12 attended the opening day of camp under the instruction of Jason Mustard. According to Coach Mustard, the main goal is to help the players become more rounded in their skills.
“Our main goal is to make the players better by teaching our new students the fundamentals of the game and to give our older, more seasoned players some off-season work,” he said.
The players were divided into pairs, and later teams for drills meant to improve footwork, passing, dribbling, defense and shooting. Mustard had player assistance from Claiborne High School students and wanted to thank them and others, “I want to thank all of the parents, my assistants and the Heritage Christian Academy for the use of the field.”
“What we make on registration and uniforms barely cover our expenses each year, so we use these camps to supplement our additional costs over the course of the season,” added Mustard.
His hope is the camp will continue to grow and be used as a one-on-one means of improving beginning and experienced soccer players.
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