Rapids Academy 2009 Soccer Camps Now Underway!

COMMERCE CITY CO - 2009 has arrived and it's a very exciting time for the Colorado Rapids Soccer Academy!

The Academy has already experienced tremendous success to date and with more upcoming programs kids of all ages and levels can still get the chance to improve their game before the Spring soccer season!

The Rapids Soccer Academy provides a multitude of programs from grassroots neighborhood soccer to developmental programs aimed at highly skilled technical training and the programs run year-round at the fields complex at Dick's Sporting Goods Park!
Here's an inside look at featured upcoming programs being offered by the Rapids Academy:
For those youth players looking for a competitive edge this winter & in the coming spring the Rapids Academy is offering a U-10 Center of Excellence program that provides just that.

The Rapids Center of Excellence program is aimed at introducing and promoting player development through technical training emphasizing its importance in the game.

The 75-minute sessions are staffed by the Rapids players as well as highly-skilled Academy Coaches such as David Proctor the Director of the Rapids Center of Excellence who played professionally for Middlesborough in England. The coaching staff for this program allows for participants to experience the technical game at its finest.

"The current players in the Center of Excellence have progressed extremely well said Proctor. "The curriculum is designed to stretch the players’ abilities and skills with a huge emphasis on techniques. The program is really for the serious player wanting to achieve the next level which hopefully will be the Rapids Academy teams. Having the Rapids' first team players coaching these young players makes this program unique fun and exciting."

This skill-oriented program allows players to heighten and develop the skills necessary for competing at the highest level. Rapids players who have participated in coaching the U-10 Center of Excellence include Colin Clark Greg Dalby Justin Hughes Nick LaBrocca and Ugo Ihemelu.

Rapids Center of Excellence sessions are open to boys only born between Aug. 1 1998 and July 31 2000. If your player is looking for professional instruction that will help them play at the top of their game this is the program.

Upcoming U-10 Center of Excellence Camp Dates:
Winter 2009: January 10 to February 14 - Every Saturday 12pm-1:15pm 6 sessions
Spring 2009: March 23 to May 25 - Every Monday 6pm-7:15pm 10 sessions
Register now for the Rapids Academy's U-10 Center of Excellence online by clicking here!

Spring is just around the corner and the turn of the year will also mark the start of preparations for the the Rapids Junior Academy 2009 soccer season!

The Rapids Junior Academy soccer program is a grassroots organization available in the Commerce City and Stapleton areas. The Junior Academy programs offer kids ages 6-10 the opportunity to get involved in the game of soccer using parks and schools in their neighborhoods.

Games are held on Saturdays between 9am and 12:30pm using the same facilities that teams use for practice. The concept of community plays a large role in the Junior Academy Program.
"The Junior Academy program serves as an introduction to the game of soccer for its participants said Brian Crookham Director of Coaching for the Rapids Soccer Academy.
"We strive to instill the love of the game in the kids at a young age using a safe and fun environment. There is no pressure placed on scores or game outcomes. The environment is all about seeing positive growth in the kids not only as soccer players but as developing individuals. Our hope is that players can have this experience right outside their own front doors."

The Junior Academy’s fall season came to a successful end earlier this month. Players enjoyed Rapids mascot appearances at select games and Junior Academy night at a Colorado Rapids home game.
This program provides a unique home grown experience that is geared towards local passion and the overall enjoyment of the great game of soccer for the kids and everyone involved.
The Rapids Junior Academy will offer divisions for boys and girls of the following ages:
Under 6 - Born between August 1 2002 and July 31 2004
Under 8 - Born between August 1 2000 and July 31 2002
Under 10 - Born between August 1 1998 and July 31 2000
Upcoming Rapids Junior Academy Camp Dates:
Spring 2009: March 16 - May 24 9am-12:30pm 8 weeks
Register now for the Rapids Academy's 2009 Junior Academy online by clicking here!
Hard copy registration forms can also be picked up at the Commerce City and Stapleton Rec Centers.

Along with the 2009 Junior Academy and U-10 Center of Excellence the Rapids Academy also offers camps such as overnight goalkeeper team striker and development camps which span all levels of skill and competition.
The Rapids Academy provides a variety of instruction that will fit each player’s specific needs. Players of all abilities will find something that will help them become a better more involved player.
For the full listing of camps available what's on tap for 2009 and for the latest information on the Rapids Academy click here!