September 7th, 2009

Soccer Kids of America Coaching Seminar a Huge Success

Johnson and Diaz greet and meet the first class of Soccer Kids of America Volunteer Coaches during the Instructional Training Seminar held in Raleigh, NC at the America Institute for Health and Fitness offices on Saturday, August 29th.

SKA001_edited Soccer Kids of America Volunteer Training Seminar

Twenty-five Volunteer Coaches joined SKA Board of Directors for the first Soccer Kids of America Instructional Seminar to learn the program curriculum, guidelines, and methodologies that Dr. Stephanie Diaz, Erin Johnson and Dr. Brian Greenwood have crafted for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 seasons.  The 2-hour seminar combined novice and experienced youth sport athletes, coaches, and professionals in classroom and field instruction for training to deliver the SKA interdisciplinary curriculum which features introductory soccer skills training while teaching at-risk youth healthy lifestyles and life skills. 

Coaches were provided with coaching manuals, policies and procedures, forms, templates, lesson plan and additional web-based resources and reading lists.  The revamped curriculum will give these first time SKA coaches an opportunity to more wholly educate participants with lessons that cover healthy lifestyles (fitness and nutrition),psycho-social development (life skills), and gross motor skill development (instructional soccer).  An additional 10 to 20 coaches are being recruited for training for the season to meet the needs of the anticipated 200 youth participating in the fall programs.  Training for these coaches is expected to be delivered via web-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment via Webinar.

WANT TO HELP?  It is SKA’s goal to recruit and retain wonderful and highly dedicated individuals.  Participants’ expectations, inventive ideas for recruiting additional volunteers, and creative genius is more than welcome.  Additional coaches are can still register and participate in the Fall 2009 Season. Please contact Erin Johnson to receive more information about participation in the program and general requirements.

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