During this past week, April 3-7, the Prem Center hosted
a United Kingdom Soccer Academy Camp for students from Prem Tinsulanonda
International School and Grace International School.
and coaches at this year’s United Kingdom Soccer Academy Camp.
The event organizers of the camp were Michelle
Forbes-Harper and Janet Powell from Prem. UK Soccer Academy coach, Dave
Smith, helped by Wayne Potsbury and Darrin Kilpatrick, stated their mission
as, “Our Football Association qualified coaches fly to camp venues”
where they build relationships with children and take an active part in
their development as individuals.
Friendships at UK Soccer Academy camps are forged for
life. The student participants could choose to board at Prem during the camp
or commute. Lunch, snacks and drinks were provided. Coach Dave Smith
commented, “The hospitality was excellent.”
The camp kicked off with an opening ceremony during which
the kids received their soccer kits and were informed of the week’s
happenings. Each day a new skill was learned. For example, the students
developed skills in dribbling, turning, passing, receiving, heading,
defending, shooting, and crossing. They had the chance to exhibit what they
learned in games at the end of each day.
The students watched a documentary film on David Beckham
on one of the days. To get refreshed and beat the heat everyone went
swimming in the Prem pool.
The last two days the students were divided into four
teams to compete in a World Cup tournament. They competed to be the champion
team, and the champions received medals.
Leo Mirzaie from Prem said, “I really enjoyed the World
Cup tournament best” and he also said that he improved on running faster.
But all good things must come to an end. In the closing
ceremony two participants were chosen by the coaches to receive special
awards. The Player of Players award was given to Li Philips from Prem and
The Player of the Week award was given to Timothy Harbison from Grace.
Many parents attended the closing ceremony and had the
opportunity to observe some of the skills that their kids learned throughout
the week. They also watched the World Cup finals.
The participants in the camp each received a soccer kit
with a jersey and shorts, socks and a soccer ball, along with an evaluation
of their progress and tips for how they might improve.
Coach Wayne Potsbury noted, “I thought the whole
experience was excellent. I enjoyed coaching in the Far East, and would
really like to come back.”
The students enjoyed the week as well. Hannah Minick from
Grace said, “The part I enjoyed the most was goalkeeping. We separated
from the group so we received concentrated teaching.”
Many new skills were learned and developed and memories were made. The
coaches, organizers and students look forward to enjoying another football
camp next year.