Chiefs to hold camp in Ox­ford

The Covington News - - THE SECOND OPINION -

The Emory at Ox­ford cam­pus has been cho­sen as the site of the At­lanta Chiefs’ “Boot Camp” this sum­mer, with more than 650 youths signed up to at­tend the five week-long ses­sions.

About 100 are al­ready signed up from the Cov­ing­ton area as day-campers, says Ron Man­son, head of the New­ton Youth Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion.

Man­son says he thinks the camp “will help draw some at­ten­tion” to soc­cer in the area.

The NYSA had its first sea­son last year with more than 150 play­ers, which Mansin called a “tremen­dous suc­cess.”

Ox­ford was cho­sen for the camp be­cause of its ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties and also be­cause it is so close to the Chiefs’ train­ing field on Salem Road, said Mike Bol­son, the chiefs’ pub­lic­ity di­rec­tor.

This means that play­ers can come to the camp and ob­serve a Chiefs’ prac­tice ses­sion at Gross Field, he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Bol­son, the pur­pose of the camp is to “im­prove the stan­dards of soc­cer,” as well as to make the Chiefs more vis­i­ble and bet­ter-known to kids and par­ents around the state.

Bol­son said the camp will help kids “re­al­ize their po­ten­tial” by show­ing them how good they can be.

An­gus McAlpine, for­mer National Youth Soc­cer Team coach, will be the head coach for the camp. McAlpine is now the Chiefs’ Di­rec­tor of Player De­vel­op­ment and is in­volved in re­cruit­ing.

A trip to a Chiefs’ game and a visit to the locker room, a Chiefs’ shirt, a ball, coach­ing, and week’s room and board are in­cluded in the camp for a $185 fee.

Day-campers can at­tend from 9 to 5 at a re­duced charge of $85, and Bol­son says there are still plenty of day­camp open­ings for the last four weeks.

Those in­ter­ested can con­tact the At­lanta Chiefs at 577-5425.

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