FAU Soccer Hosts Kids Soccer Camps
By: Stephanie Fonseca
Driving past the FAU Campus during Palm Beach County’s Spring break, one would see boys and girls running around with a soccer ball at their feet.
FAU’s very own Men’s Soccer Head Coach Kos, had a vision to open soccer camps for when kids were out of school, to enhance and mold the soccer players of tomorrow. And since 2000, that’s exactly what has happened.
This past spring break, even through the muggy weather, kids were out at the FAU fields, playing soccer.
On the Camp staff with Coach Kos, are the other coaches from the FAU Men’s Soccer team to help him in training the different age groups.
The usual camp day begins at 8:30 a.m when parents begin to drop off their kids. At 9 a.m., when most kids have already arrived, the kids are divided into separate age groups, where they begin to train technique, agility, speed and coordination. For the second hour they play small soccer games, so that the kids can practice the techniques that they have been learning.
At 11 a.m. the kids go to lunch at the FAU Cafeteria and later go to the FAU pool for a cool down before they go back to the fields to play once again until 3 p.m.
For the soccer camp to be so successful throughout the years Coach Kos shared his motto. “First safety is very important, also the kids have to have fun, and lastly it’s very important to have the kids at the end of the day stop and say ‘ I learned something today’ and that is very important.”
Coach Kos says that what he enjoys the most is “seeing the kids and their parents have a positive experience and also watching theses kids progress as soccer players.”
Goal to Goal Soccer camps, are available during Spring, Summer and Winter Break for boys between the age of 5 to 14. And for girls between the same age range, the FAU Soccer Academy camp is also available by FAU Women’s Soccer Head Coach, Coach Baker, during the same times.
For the near future, Coach Kos is hopeful to starting one day camps on school holidays, catering to working parents who can’t take the day off.
For more information on dates and rates for Goal to Goal Soccer Camps visit www.goaltogoalsoccercamps.com. And for information on Coach Bakers Soccer camps, catering to young girls, visit www.fausocceracademy.com.