Heart of the City offers youth soccer program

  • A Heart of the City participant plays during last year's Winter Soccer Academy. Registration is now open for this year's academy, which will be Jan. 18 to Feb. 22.

    A Heart of the City participant plays during last year's Winter Soccer Academy. Registration is now open for this year's academy, which will be Jan. 18 to Feb. 22. Courtesy of Leah Perri

 
Submitted by Leah Perri
Updated 12/18/2019 10:26 AM

Heart of the City invites boys and girls born in 2008-13 to participate in Winter Soccer Academy, a six-week, coed program with a focus on player development.

The program, held at Libertyville Sports Complex, will run Saturdays, Jan. 18 through Feb. 22. Times include 11 a.m. to noon for children born in 2012-13; noon to 1 p.m. for those born in 2010-11; and 1-2 p.m. for 2008-09.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Heart of the City seeks to share the game of soccer with children throughout Lake County who want to learn the game, make friends and have fun while being active.

Each week's training will focus on a specific topic, such as ball mastery, one-on-one attacking and defending, shooting, etc. There will also be a weekly round-robin tournament to end every session for children to implement the learned skills during game play.

The program is led by Heart of the City's licensed professional coaches and HOTC Elite travel club high school athletes.

The cost is $25. Each participant will receive a free Academy T-shirt. Libertyville Sports Complex is at 1950 Route 45, Libertyville.

To register, contact the program office at (847) 623-6200 or vashon@hotcsoccer.org, or register online at www.heartofthecitysports.org/recreation. Limited spots are available. Register by Jan. 9 to reserve a spot.

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Founded in 2014 by community members, nonprofit organization Heart of the City provides an opportunity for youth in Lake County to participate in recreational and competitive soccer activities.

They believe that all youth should have access to high-quality sports programs and academic learning opportunities, and endeavor to teach players to be competitive on the field, successful in their school and productive in their community.

To learn more, email leah@heartofthecitysports.org or visit www.heartofthecitysports.org.

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