Dreary weather did not hinder the ProSoc Academy coaches from helping children improve their soccer technique Monday. Shortly after 9 a.m., the coaches separated the kids by age group and began practicing ball control and dribbling. The kids shook off the bad weather and happily took direction.
The kids were excited to learn from professional soccer players and were not shy in voicing their opinions.
“It’s really fun and definitely going to help during our games,” said Jessica Mock, 13, referring to the upcoming Fall Youth Sports Program games.
Although only a two day long camp, the improvement is evident.
“After one or two days you can see them improve. If they get the right training it’s a huge advantage for the kids,” said Sebastian Korst, head coach of ProSoc Academy.
The free soccer training camp drew in around 75 participants, signaling a desire in the KMC to hone soccer skills. Some participants had previous experience with soccer, but for most, their experience was limited. The coaches were patient and eager to teach the kids how to grow and improve athletically.
Allen Fleming, KMC Youth Sports director, described his excitement over the caliber of the coaches and the camps as a whole.
“It gives kids the opportunity to go to the next level. The competitive level,” Mr. Fleming said. “They have the opportunity here in the KMC and it keeps people from having to drive miles away to participate.”
The training camps, organized by ProSoc Academy, U.S. Youth Soccer and KMC Youth Sports, focus on player development and help build a bridge to the German community. However, although taught by professional German soccer players, Mr. Korst stresses that German techniques will not dominate in the training camps.
“Our philosophy is to integrate German soccer and American soccer, not to focus just on German soccer,” he said.
Although the first camp is over, there are many more to come. Children from 6 to 18 years old can sign up for one of the nine training camps this summer, with the last camp ending Aug. 12.
The prices vary depending on the length of the camp, but the typical amount is $220, which includes lunch, for five days.
For more information, visit the ProSoc Academy website at