The Louisa Area Soccer Association (LASA) and the inclusive Louisa Football Club (LFC) have been parts of the community for a good while now.
But this year, LFC is looking to play an even more integral role in the development of young soccer players by hosting their first ever Training Camp Skills Program this summer at Jouett Elementary School.
The four day program, which will run from July 1 to 5, is for players 10 to 13-years-old who are looking to take their game to the next level. Chris McCotter, who will be one of the camp’s trainers, spoke of the mission of the event on behalf of LFC President RJ Harding.
“Our short term intention with the Summer Skills Camp is to provide recreational players the opportunity to ‘level up’ and the few travel players that we do currently have in the county the chance to improve their skills while encouraging their friends to join them,” McCotter said.
Participants will be assigned one of three “levels” throughout the camp based on certain skill sets that are attained, such as one-bounce drills and one-mile run times. Those who reach level three – the highest possible – will be open to participate in tryouts for the LFC travel team.
Long term, McCotter said LFC officials are hoping that the camp can harvest, hone and even discover talents that will eventually serve to the benefit of Louisa County High School’s athletic program.
“We would like to enhance the county soccer program much like the baseball and football programs do with solid, local feeder leagues and camps so that when it comes to playing high school soccer, LCHS coaches have an even greater talent pool,” McCotter said.
The camp will finish with a three-on-three tournament on July 5 that is free for campers and $75 for non-campers. Those interested in participating can find application and contact forms by visiting louisafc.com.