MLS coaches teaches Moody youth how to play soccer
By Airman 1st Class Benjamin Wiseman, 23rd Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 14, 2010
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Usually meeting a professional player or coach means long lines and just enough time to get an autograph, but that wasn't the case this week for members of the Youth Center.
The Youth Center held its annual week-long soccer camp from June 7 through June 11 that was taught by Major League Soccer coaches.
Jamie Bell, Chicago Fire coach, and Michael Quinn, a North American Soccer Camps coach, came to Moody on a mission to teach children the game of soccer, at the same time, show how fun the game is when played correctly.
"It is amazing to see the progress in just one week," said Mr. Bell, when asked about the soccer camp. "Fun is the main objective. We try to teach the kids how to play and have fun."
Both Mr. Bell and Mr. Quinn came from England to help coach youth soccer camps like this one all around the United States.
"We have been to Texas, Chicago, and now Georgia," Mr. Quinn said. "We will soon be heading to Pittsburg next week."
The two coaches had an opportunity to teach three different age groups while visiting Moody. Each group contained several members ranging between the ages of two and 12 years old.
By the end of the week, some of the children started to notice a change in their performance.
"The camp was a great experience," said Anthony Folkerts, a member of the Youth Center. "The MLS coaches really helped me improve my skills for soccer--something I love to do."
While they were coaching here at Moody, the coaches also had the opportunity to stay in a host house with two different military families. They both agreed that they were treated as family during their stay.
"It was great having Mr. Bell stay at our home," said Demtria Santillan, a member one of the host families. "We are a big soccer family, so the children were thrilled to get the chance to hang out with a MLS coach for a week."
The Youth Center will be host many other events throughout the year for children to come, have fun and experience meeting new and interesting people while learning along the way.