Chiefs to hold camp in Oxford
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.