Rockmart Youth Soccer’s 2010 Summer Soccer Clinic, which saw around 60 kids from 4-years-old and up receive instruction three days a week during most of June, concluded with a celebratory cookout.
Participants were then given a certificate of completion and their camp shirts.
“I’ve worked with a bunch of folks over the years and none have been as helpful as the group that helped with this camp,” Rockmart Youth Soccer chairman Bill Sherfesee said. “We could not have pulled it off without every single one of them.”
The camp was a part of the reboot of the City of Rockmart’s youth soccer program, which the league’s Board of Directors set forth earlier this year.
“We’re instilling a new philosophy with the league and that’s not to leave anyone out,” Sherfesee said. “We had something for the coaches, the parents and had teenagers volunteer as well.”
Aside from drills and games for the children, Georgia Soccer, an organization that promotes the sport among the state’s youth, held a coach’s clinic and an information meeting for parents.
“The high point of this was Georgia Soccer’s participation,” Sherfesee said. “The guys that are coaching used every bit of what they taught us and it really helped.”
The league, which was made up of nearly 200 kids last fall, will kick off the new season in September and are planning activities, especially for opening day.
“We hope the word spreads,” Sherfesee said. “All of the feedback that we have gotten has been positive.”
Sherfesee said that the approach that they are taking includes teaching children from the first time they step onto a field and be a feeder program for both the new Rockmart Middle School soccer program and the Rockmart High School program.
“We will work closely with the coaches from both schools and try to make the transition from recreation soccer onto middle school soccer as easy as possible,” Sherfesee said.
“We want to show people that Rockmart is the place to be for soccer and the City of Rockmart is the place to be for recreation.”