Soccer Summer Camp in Harrisonburg, Virginia
Considered an independent city in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg has received several accolades in recent years, including being named “#6 Favorite Town in America” by Travel + Leisure in 2016 and the “#3 Happiest Mountain Town” by Blue Ridge Country Magazine also in the same year. With unique places to visit such as the Virginia Quilt Museum, which celebrates Virginia’s quilting heritage through a permanent collection of about 300 quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique and toy sewing machines, and rotating exhibits from across the country, the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, with woodland trails and magnificent landscaped gardens as well as Skyline Drive, a scenic route through the forested mountains of Shenandoah National Park, it comes as no surprise why Harrisonburg has been recognized time and time again as a great place to live and play.
Locals and visitors having plenty of opportunities to visit sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places such as the Harrisonburg Downtown Historic District, Old Town Historic District, the Anthony Hockman House, and the Rockingham County Courthouse. On top of that, young families have a great place to take their kids for a fulfilling experience at Coerver United. Providing a wonderful global soccer coaching program inspired by the teachings of Wiel Coerver and created by Alfred Galustian and Charlie Cooke since 1984, Coerver United has been recruiting la crème de la crème of soccer coaches to best support each player. That along with keeping the player to coach ratio of approximately 6:1 has been the difference maker in effectively strengthening individual skills and small group play.
Our coaches are trained frequently as new curriculum is developed, and new games and exercises are introduced by Coerver United coaches across the world. The focus of the camp is on teaching the individual skills that will produce great results for each player. Proper fundamental skills are taught before moving on to advanced skills.
Endorsed and recommended by top federations, associations, club teams and corporations including the French Football Federation, Chinese Football Association, Newcastle United FC and global sponsor Adidas, our main objective is to do as follows:
- Develop skilled, confident and creative players
- Make the game fun to practice and play
- Teach good sportsmanship and respect for all
- Value winning but not more than character and performance
- Provide a safe & educational experience that meets best practice criteria
Coerver United also does not let the winter months get in the way of training which is why we have indoor soccer for some of our programs. Some of these seasonal programs include:
First Skills – Developed for ages 2-5, these classes are 30 minutes long and have a player to coach ratio of approximately 8-1. Fun is the central theme during all sessions as skills are introduced and practiced. These young players get to experience the game in a way that fosters physical and social development and improves coordination, confidence and skill.
Performance Academy – For ages 12-14, this program is specifically for those players who are looking to improve their individual skills. Great for all levels of players, the focus is placed on individual skill development and our 4 core move sets with the goal of developing confidence on the ball.
When it comes to summer camp, two types of week-long camps we host are Advanced and Ball Mastery.
Advanced level summer camp is available to players 10 years or older. Players are taught more complicated moves and they are placed into competitive environments with an emphasis on 1v1 and 2v2 play in the morning. Small group tactics are also taught and small-sided games are played featuring fast break attack and counter attacks.
Ball Mastery camps are for those between 6 and 11 years of age. Emphasis is on individual skill development and basic moves with the goal of developing confidence on the ball. Beginning “move sets” are taught and games are played to practice the moves in a method that starts with no pressure and slowly adds the pressure of time and/or space restrictions. Then passive defensive pressure is added and by the end of the first morning, players are performing moves under full defensive pressure to goal. Results are recorded each day and a finals competition is held on the last day of camp. Group champions are recognized at our award ceremony on Friday afternoon.
About Coerver United Coaching
At Coerver United we want your child to have an unforgettable experience from the moment they start the program. We believe every camper can be the best they can be. Your commitment to help your child succeed on and off the soccer field is much appreciated. If you have any questions about camps, clinics, or team training, do not hesitate to call or email us. We look forward to hearing from you.