Thursday, September 8, 2011

2011 ECFC Residential Summer Camps a huge success

"Misty Acres was great, I definitely want to go back next year ..." (Leon B. from M97 Green) One of the many positive comments received from players that attended the second annual ECFC Residential Camp at Misty Acres, Union,WA.

This year Emerald City FC coaches held separate camps for both girls and boys. The first session was for the boys and the coaching staff designed the camp to help players prepare for the upcoming fall league season.

The second session was for the girls, and this was the first time Emerald City FC held a camp for girls. To this end the coaches constructed a special schedule for the girls in order to prepare them for the intense high school soccer tryouts and high school soccer season.

Many activities were also added to both weeks of the camps this year that helped players learn to work together on and off the field. One of the most popular, was the ropes course, where players had to help each other through a rope wall. Similar to last years camp, each meal was prepared by the players for themselves and the coaches, with different players preparing meals each day. Between activities and practices, players took advantage of the camp's facilities, playing table tennis, pool and taking nature walks exploring the camps surroundings.

Emerald City FC would like to specifically thank Ruth Nicholson and Jody Bauder for recruiting 15 parent volunteers to help organize resources, supplies and food for each camp.  Volunteers like Ruth, Jody and the other parents of Emerald City FC continue to make the club a success on and off the pitch.

Some stats from the camps
  • camp attendance increased by over 30% this year
  • volunteer participation increased by 3 fold
  • each camp session had at least 4 coaches present each week, a ratio of about 1 coach for every 8 players
Emerald City FC looks forward to seeing you next summer at one our camps!
To learn more about ECFC training and summer camps click here
ECFC 2011 Girls Summer Residential Camp photos

ECFC 2011 Boys Summer Residential Camp photos