Culture, sport exchanged

Former national team pro gets a lesson out of coaching kids camp

Andrea Neil

A group of summer camp kids got soccer tips from a former pro this week.

“I think they’re very fortunate,” said camp organizer Scott Sam. “I never got to have someone of [this] calibre of play show me some of their skills.”

Teens in the NIȽ/TU,O summer camp learned drills from Andrea Neil, a former  player with the women’s Canadian national team who played in four World Cup games.

Sam and co-organizer Cedar Shackelly used their personal connections to get in touch with Neil, who agreed to coach the group of 13- to 18-year-olds.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me,” Neil said. “The kids think it’s about me coming out to teach them, but it’s also about them teaching me. We’re all sharing our experiences of the game.

“I’ve always believed the soccer ball binds people together no matter where you are in the world. It gives people a common way to learn with each other.”

Neil led the group through drills at Centennial Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10 and 11.

“I always like to mix both sport and culture into the camps because it’s a good way to keep the kids engaged, but it’s also a good way to teach them about their culture,” Sam said.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sidney’s top emergency official says he is not aware of any COVID-19 cases in the community

The public Sunday also heard of future plans to help local businesses through tax deferments

Food safety a good practice amid COVID-19 concerns

BC Centre for Disease Control offers useful food safe information for households

Digitization of Peninsula News Review by Sidney Museum and Archives preserves historical legacy

Searchable database will ease research and preserve integrity of records

COVID-19: Victoria plumbing company dedicates van for grocery delivery

The Super Plumber uses van to pick up groceries for those in need during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: A message from the publisher

We will be making some changes to our print editions during these unprecedented times

Evening world update: U.S. restrictions extended 30 days; NY deaths near 1,000

Comprehensive world update, with the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

Canada will make sure masks sent by China meet quality standards: Trudeau

Chinese Embassy tweeted that China was sending 30,000 medical masks along with gowns, gloves and goggles

B.C. issues guidelines about distancing, reusable bags to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and markers to keep lines two metres are apart are needed, province says

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

Most Read