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Celebrating a successful year: our development program 2023/2024

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From the Central Florida Soccer Club

What an incredible year it has been for our 2023/2024 Development Program!

As the season came to an end last Friday, we reflected on the remarkable journey of our young footballers. The final games were followed by a lively post-season party, where players and families celebrated the season’s achievements, enjoying games, food and fun on the field.

The core of our development program lies in providing a nurturing environment for brand new footballers. Our players, aged 5 to 13, are grouped according to their age and skill level. This means that every child is assured of tailor-made coaching and support. Our coaches play a central role in developing young talents. They lead small groups and promote skill development through fun exercises and mini-games. The emphasis is on building a solid foundation and a genuine love for the game. On Fridays, intra-club matches offer players the opportunity to express themselves freely. With minimal coaching during matches, they learn to enjoy football in their own way without unnecessary pressure.

While our games may be “lightly coached,” our coaches are anything but light on knowledge. They bring a wealth of experience and dedication to the field. Many of our coaches have competitive football backgrounds and have played in our Academy programs or at university level. Some have dedicated decades to coaching kids and sharing their passion and expertise.

This month we spotlight two exceptional coaches from Apopka: Coach Avery (left) and Coach Heidi (right).

Coach Avery took charge of our oldest group of beginners this season. With a competitive background in the Elite Club National League, she joined the Central Florida Soccer Club as a coach three years ago. Her journey with football began at the age of four and she has shared her infectious passion for the game with her players. For Coach Avery, it’s not just about winning; it’s about making sure her children really enjoy the process. Football, with its highs and lows, teaches valuable life lessons, and she brings this perspective to her young players.

On the other side of the field, Coach Heidi led the 10 and 11 year olds. Coach Heidi is a former academy player for Central Florida SC and a soccer player since the age of 9 and is now pursuing her AA in Business Management. Despite her busy schedule, she continues to play indoor soccer and invests her coaching expertise in our children. Over the past two years, she has encouraged her players to work hard while remaining humble. Coach Heidi believes that success should speak for itself, and this philosophy has paid off. Her players’ growth skyrocketed this year and on game days their parents cheered the loudest from the sidelines.

Although we are a football club, we believe that football is more than just a sport. It is a platform for life lessons. Coaches Avery and Heidi exemplify this ethos by teaching on-court skills that extend beyond the game. And it doesn’t stop there: our players actively contribute to the community through fundraising and food drives. This year, our players came together and raised tens of thousands of dollars to support those in need. As we celebrate their dedication and the impact they have made, we look forward to more seasons of growth, camaraderie and football magic!

This season may be over, but we are already registering children for next season! The season runs from autumn ’24 to spring ’25. You can find out more about our development program by clicking here. If you are interested in a more advanced program, we offer a Bridge Program – for children who are no longer beginners, but may not be ready for Competitive Football, as well as Competitive and Academy programs. Our Indoor Futsal League is also coming. You can read all about our programs on our website. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on all upcoming programs and events and see highlights from our club. If you have any questions about our programs, we can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 407-613-2426.

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