Lady Vikings and coach lead summer soccer camp, workshops

Kids enjoying a past soccer camp.

The Lady Vikings soccer team and head coach Chama Anderson will lead a soccer camp, goalkeeper training workshop and coaches clinic this summer.

“I’m excited to give the kids specific technical training they can work on at home,” said Anderson, adding that 10 to 12 years old is a key learning time for kids. “When they learn something, they can access that later in life; if they choose to play later on, it will be easier for them to find those skills.”

July 25-28: Soccer camp for 9-12 year-olds, 9 a.m to 12 p.m.

“Have fun and train hard while improving your ball skills, passing, combination play and shooting,” says Anderson. “You will also begin to learn how to bring this tactical and technical training into your game successfully as a team!” Cost is $100.

July 29: Goalkeeping Training for nine to 12-year-olds, 9 a.m to 12 p.m.

Attendees will learn goalkeeper stance and footwork, basic catching techniques, positioning and diving progression. This camp is a fundraiser for the Lady Vikings Soccer Team. Cost is $25.

Children slightly younger or older who would like to attend should also feel free to contact Anderson.

“If they’re really into going, I’m fine with that,” said Anderson.

A printable registration form and flyer is available online.

August 28: Soccer Coaches Clinic, 12 to 4 p.m.

Learn how to set up a fun and effective practice with an age appropriate warm-up, progressive drills, games and key coaching points to teach your players. Cost is $30.

Anderson, who consistently engages in continued coaching education, hopes that passing on her learning to the island’s network of youth coaches will lay a firm foundation for Orcas kids to get the most they can out of playing soccer.

“We have some good youth coaches, and we all need continued training,” she said.

Anderson, who has played soccer for 30 years and played for Indiana University, recently passed a 36-hour course to obtain her national “D” license in coaching. She also recently attended an intensive Las Vegas coaching clinic run by the national soccer coaching association, learning from top college and professional coaches.

In 2009, with Anderson as head coach, the lady Vikings team won the 2009 state championships. Anderson was named coach of the year.

Registration forms and flyers for the events will be handed out at the Orcas Island Schools and available at Orcas Elementary School. For more information, contact Chama Anderson at 206-930-5704.