New England Revolution Youth Academy coaches worked with more than 100 athletes at the Boston Scholar Athletes annual soccer clinic Friday afternoon at the Kroc Center in Dorchester.
The athletes were coached in dribbling, passing, and ball control. Free physicals were also provided.
“I hope they get some good technical work in today,” said Revolution Academy coach Kyle Teixeira. “A lot of the stuff we’re doing here is a lot of footwork stuff that they might not see around. We’re trying to teach them and start off with the basics and go from there.
“I enjoy coming to this area and working with these type of kids that don’t get the Revolution coaching year-round. So it’s always a great time to come in here, and as long as they are having fun, that’s all we care about.
"A lot of these kids are playing high school and we have over 100 kids here, so the more the merrier. It’s definitely going to help out the high school programs in Boston.”
While Teixeira hoped to show the student-athletes some new drills, Latin Academy girls’ coach Kara Stafford was glad to see that she already does many of the same drills with her players.
“I hope that they can see what we do at practice is exactly what the higher-level people do at practice,” said Stafford, who brought 46 players to the clinic. “And that they can see how to take these skills and really compete a little harder.
"A lot of what the drills are doing are great because they are all contests and they are building teamwork. They are all group tests.
“It should [get them fired up for the season], they look pretty fired up today.”
Latin Academy junior Vita Franjul said that while her school represented about half of the players at the clinic, it was still a good opportunity to meet players from other teams.
“We get to learn different skills from the people who are here who have been doing it a long time,” she said. “And it’s a way to meet people from other schools, too, because usually we only play with players from our own school.
“And we’re doing a lot of enjoyable activities. So we’re working out but having fun at the same time.”
Charlestown senior captain Ahmed Ibrahim said the clinic was not only an opportunity to improve his skills but also a way to show some of the younger players on his team how to do things the right way.
“I’m trying to get better and my coach told me to come here because he wants to train the other guys because I’m the captain,” he said. “We have some freshmen here that I’m trying to work with to just build a better team.”
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