Rapids Announce Second Annual Soccer Academy and Camps for 2006

DENVER CO (Monday September 26 2005)- The Colorado Rapids announced today their 2006 dates for the team’s official Camps and Soccer Academy. The Black and Blue will host a Fitness Camp Soccer Academy Goalkeeper Camp Development Camp and Kickin’ Kids Camp.

Players for the Soccer Academy and developmental players may be invited to the fall 2006 or Spring 2007 Colorado Rapids Summit. Assistant coach John Murphy will be the Rapids Academy Director for the second year in a row.

"All participants and their families will experience first-hand the quality individuals that play for and coach the Colorado Rapids at every session. The training curriculum and small training groups has been created to focus on developing skillful confident players that can make a difference for their team in a match. Join us at the Rapids Camps or the Soccer Academy and you will not be disappointed Murphy said.

The camps will run throughout the summer with the dates being scheduled around Rapids games (dates are subject to change). Participants will receive a camp t-shirt and water bottle as well as a private viewing of a Rapids training session followed by an autograph session by the entire Rapids team. Graduation for each camp will be held at a Rapids game next season with each graduate receiving two free tickets to that game.

"I have seen first-hand how the Rapids Soccer Academy can make a positive impact on all who participate and feel it is an excellent program for players to develop and have fun. I can speak for our players in saying how much we enjoy working with the kids and helping them improve said Luchi Gonzalez Rapids forward and winner of the 2001 Herman Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate soccer player.

For more information on the Rapids Academy or Soccer Camps call the Rapids at (303) 931-2005.

2006 CAMP DATES:

Fitness Camp:
U14-U17 Boys & Girls: Monday August 7 Tuesday August 8 Thursday August 10 and Friday August 11 2006

Rapids Academy:
U10-U14 Boys; July 17 24 31 August 7 14 & 21
U10-U14 Girls; July 18 25 August 1 8 15 & 22

Goalkeeper Camp:
U14-U17 Boys & Girls:
Monday July 31; Tuesday August 1; Thursday August 3; Friday August 4 2006

Development Camp:
U8-U14 Boys & Girls:
-Week 1: Monday June 19; Tuesday June 20; Thursday June 22; Friday June 23
-Week 2: Monday July 10; Tuesday July 11; Thursday July 13 & Friday July 14
-Week 3: Monday July 24; Tuesday July 25; Thursday July 27 & Friday July 28

Kickin’ Kids Camp:
Boys & Girls from 3-7
May 1 8 15 & 22 2006

Rapids Summit (Invitation only):
Fall ’06:
U10-U14 Boys; September 11 18 25 October 2 9 & 16
U10-U14 Girls; September 12 19 26 October 3 10 & 17
Spring ’07:
U10-U14 Boys; April 2 9 16 23 30 May 7
U10-U14 Girls; April 3 11 17 24 May 1 6