Soccer camp teaches skills and confidence

Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, with East Coast Soccer School participants and staff

The first East Coast Soccer School (ECSS) four-day Soccer Development Camp since the COVID-19 lockdowns was held recently at Austin Butler Oval, Woy Woy, with participants leaving with better technical skills, a newfound confidence, new friends and improvements to last them a lifetime.

The camp, for five- to 15-year-olds, covered a range of areas from technical and tactical to physical and psychological.

Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, presented the medals on the final day of camp.

“I was honoured to present some of the medals to our upcoming soccer stars,” she said.

“They persevered through all weathers from beautiful sunny days to rainy days.

“I have heard really positive news about the camp from both participants and their parents and carers, who already have noticed a difference in not only their soccer skills, but also in their attitude.”

ECSS Technical Operations Manager, Ricky Gallagher, said it was good to be back in action following lockdowns.

“ECSS has a goal to develop the complete footballer by providing players with a great place to train, learn and develop their football capability,” Gallagher said.

“We brought together experienced, quality coaches from all around NSW to deliver precision junior soccer training programs in a professional environment.”

Lisa Bowers, mother of eight-year-old Lucas, who has been playing soccer since he was six and has been involved in ECSS for over a year, said the camp helped develop soccer skill, but also values and morals.

“The coaches and the people who run ECSS and the camps are really passionate about their program and really incredible mentors for the kids,” she said.

“They focus not only on soccer, but on advocating for well-rounded kids who listen, are social, inclusive and work hard in their academics as well as their sports, and they promote good values and morals.

“The atmosphere is extremely inclusive and the coaches are firm, fair and great role models.

“To get involved you don’t have to be mad about soccer; you can go to have fun and get better. When Lucas started he didn’t know anyone but from the moment he started going to camp he’s made friendships that will last forever.”

Bowers said parents were able to attend and watch their children in action.

“You can really learn and watch how your child interacts,” she said.

ECSS runs a variety of development camps.

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Media release, May 2
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch