The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Soccer team hosted yet another triumphant soccer camp this summer, bringing in teams and individuals from all over to participate in the annual camp. With players from Whitley County, Corbin, South Laurel, North Laurel, Hazard, East Carter, and even an athlete from Michigan, the camp kicked off this past week in hopes of providing these young men with the skills and leadership needed to play at the next level.
The camp consisted of three sessions per day, each focusing on a different aspect of the game. Concentrating on building teamwork and bettering each player's grasp of the game, session one was designated as a technical session. Here, athletes spent time assessing basic soccer skills, such as dribbling, passing and shooting. Campers' physical endurance and fitness were also tested during the first session. The second session of the day occurred in the afternoon and was designated as the tactical session, focusing on defensive and offensive training while goalkeepers worked on perfecting their techniques in net. The final session of the evening was devoted to scrimmaging, with either 11 v. 11 or 8 v.8 indoor games.
The camp staff was led by UC Men's Soccer Head Coach Brenton Benware, who led an amazing staff of coaches from the men and women's soccer teams as well as current players.
When asked about the camp, Coach Benware commented, "This is a great opportunity for high school teams to get a taste of what it's like playing college soccer. We provide a great staff that offers relevant, fun sessions that will help individuals and teams take their game to another level."
The camp ended with a trip to the Kentucky Splash Water Park and an All-Star game which incorporated those campers who excelled during the week against the coaching staff.
For more information on the Patriots Men's Soccer program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.