26 September 2011

Whitecaps Camp ...

Whitecap Soccer Camp
August 2011

Aidan loves, loves, loves soccer.  It's his game of choice - the game he loves to play.  Yes, I think baseball would come in at a close second but he's definitely a bigger soccer / football fan.  

In fact, when Aidan got sick at my house this summer he was down for a week to attend a Seattle Sounder's soccer camp.  

He was sad that he got sick and had to miss the Sounder's camp. 

But not to worry because for one week, while I was up in Canada, Aidan & I headed out to Abbotsford to spent the morning at a Whitecap's Soccer Camp.  

Everyday was it was so sunny and bright.  Aidan had so much fun.

I am glad the camp was 1st thing in the morning because by the time we were done at noon it was starting to get HOT.

There were a lot of girls & boys at the camp and they were of all ages & ability.  


Some were beginners and other's were pretty hard-core but they all seemed to have fun.

FLASHBACK:  I remember years ago, back in the 1980's, when Mom, Dad Sandra & I had season's tickets to Vancouver Whitecaps.   Back then the Whitecaps.  

They were part of the North American Soccer League from 1974 - 1984 until the league went belly up.  I guess North America wasn't quite ready for that English style 'Football'.  

The Whitecaps, from the Village of Vancouver, Canada, as the ABC sportscaster called us, went on to beat the New York Cosmos and ultimately the Soccer Bowl.  It was so exciting - 
  
Now, the Vancouver Whitecaps & Seattle Sounders are rivals and it would have been such fun for Aidan to attend both camps this summer but it wasn't meant to be this time around.  Maybe next summer.

It was quite amazing to see what a difference attending the camp made in Aidan's playing.  He learned quite a bit but more importantly it really gave him a confidence boost.


And most importantly, he had so much fun!  Just look at that smile.  


There is no doubt in my mind that these summer camps really help the kids hone their sports skills in whatever sport they play.


The coaches were all so good with the kids.  The Whitecaps had promised to bring some 'real' Whitecaps players to meet the kids on the last day and sign their soccer balls but the kids all lined up to get their coaches autographs.


Wilson & I would either sit & watch, walk around the track or just enjoy the views.

 

  It's amazing how happy a new set of cleats & a Whitecaps jersey can make a guy!




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