Blue Ridge School Summer Soccer Camp wraps up successful week

Last week Blue Ridge School held their inaugural 3-day summer soccer camp, with 20 children from second through eighth grade learning the fundamentals of the game.

For three days, students 2nd-8th grade learned the fundamentals of soccer at Blue Ridge School’s inaugural summer soccer camp.

Coach Nick Pressler said he’s trying to get players interested at a young age to create more interest to the sport in the area.

“Teaching these athletes the fundamental skills of the game and getting a ball to their foot builds the foundation as a soccer player,” said Pressler.

For some students, the summer soccer camp was their first time playing organized soccer.

Eight-year-old Katija Speckhardt said she doesn’t quite have the game mastered yet, but under Pressler’s guidance she said she can make it to the top.

“You can learn more things about soccer when you come to camp even if you’re not very good,” said Speckhardt. “So I’m just going to get better and better.”

6th-grader Markos Alcantar likes to stay busy over the summer and soccer camp was a good fit for his tight schedule.

“I get to defend my team and watch them score goals,” said Alcantar. “I just like to do stuff, so it’s fun.”

Students competed against Blue Ridge Early College varsity soccer players to improve their skills.

First-time lacing up her cleats was 2nd-grader Kira Holt who said that soccer camp is “very” fun, even when you get hit by the ball.

“Soccer is the funnest thing because we play soccer even before everyone gets here and that makes me happy,” said Holt. “I was even hit by the ball by the boy in the green socks, but I got back up and told coach and now I’m okay.”

Pressler said soccer camp encourages a wide-age range of players with various skill levels to get on the field, give a try and learn the fundamentals while having fun.

Article by Maggie Burd
Photos by Brian O’Shea
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