Lo­cal soc­cer player par­tic­i­pates in FC Barcelona camp

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

A young Drumheller soc­cer player had the chance of a life­time to train with world-class coaches from Spain.

Liam Treller, dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son played for the Drumheller Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion U12 team. This sum­mer he had the chance to train at an FC Barcelona Camp. About 200 youth, ages 6 and up at­tend the camp in Cal­gary, with some com­ing from as far away as Saskatchewan to be in­structed by coaches who trained at the FC Barcelona Cen­tre in Spain.

Liam’s mother He­len told The Mail, “It was an in­ten­sive, high cal­iber train­ing pro­gram that in­cluded class­room ses­sions, as well as plenty of time on the field dur­ing the week­long ses­sion.”

“The camp was amaz­ing. Very well run, it taught more than soc­cer skills, it taught re­spect and kind­ness. Liam im­proved so much,” said He­len. “The coaches were so car­ing and en­cour­ag­ing. I can­not speak more highly of the camp!”

The fam­ily was not aware how in­te­grated FC Barcelona’s pro­gram is in Canada un­til Liam par­tic­i­pated in the camp. In some ur­ban lo­ca­tions in Canada, there are op­por­tu­ni­ties to play on travel teams that com­pete in tour­na­ments across Canada.

There is an­other op­por­tu­nity for Liam, as at each camp a se­lect few play­ers who em­body the “Barcelona Spirit” of good sports­man­ship and skill, are in­vited to a week-long camp in Barcelona later on in the sea­son. While chances are slim and they’re not hold­ing their breath, it is an op­por­tu­nity they cer­tainly wouldn’t turn down.

The camp was amaz­ing. Very well run, it taught more than soc­cer skills, it taught re­spect and kind­ness.” He­len Treller

Liam Treller with one of his coaches at a high cal­iber soc­cer camp put on in Cal­gary by FC Barcelona.

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