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Sidney youths learn English football


Brandon L. Summers

Coaches Patrick Stutt and Sean McGee from Challenger Sports have spent the week at Deer Run Park teaching Sidney youths how to play soccer. Among the skills received in the morning and afternoon sessions, the English coaches taught youths how to properly kick a ball, agility training, and speed training. To escape week-long 90 degree temperatures, regular breaks were taken in nearby gazebos and the youths given plenty of water.

British coaches with Challenger Sports visited Deer Run Park this week to teach Sidney youths how to play European football, here in the states called "soccer."

"We put on camps in different places for a week, and then go traveling all around the midwest," Coach Patrick Stutt explained.

Throughout the week, Stutt and fellow coach Sean McGee have taught youths in morning sessions and half-day camps the basics of the sport.

"We're working on a bit of dribbling, getting the kids used to using both feet," Stutt said. "We've got a lot of good fun dribbling games and drills we do for the kids tha...

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