7 Elite Academy strengthened its burgeoning ties with youth soccer in Utah with a visit to Terra Linda Elementary School in West Jordan.
The organization spends hundreds of hours each year teaching the basics of soccer at schools across Utah and even brought Premier League star James Milner to the state in 2018 - all at no cost to the schools as a part of 7 Elite Academy’s community commitment strategy.
7EA staff were at Terra Linda to welcome Real Monarchs players and staff, while continuing to develop key soccer skills amongst younger age groups.
Wayne Scholes, Chief Executive at 7 Elite Academy, said: “I am delighted that the students and staff at Terra Linda Elementary continue to benefit from the great work carried out by our schools program staff.
“By working as a team with staff at schools across Utah, we have developed a curriculum for young players that ensures they receive a good grounding in the basics of soccer, while developing as good people off the pitch.
“We were all very interested to hear from Real Monarchs players and staff, who told of us about some of the challenges soccer players face as they look to make the step up to the professional game in America.
“It was fascinating to hear about their experiences and compare them to how James Milner developed his skills as a top-class player in the English Premier League. Hard work and dedication are very much at the top of the list.”
7EA coaching staff have developed an on-site soccer clinic for Terra Linda Elementary school, including many Utah Core Standard PE skills.
The program has given youngsters the opportunity to learn through intense two-week soccer courses, as well as continuous coaching classes.
Karen Gorringe, Principal at Terra Linda Elementary, said: “The working partnership we have with 7 Elite Academy is hugely important to us and illustrates how local sporting organisations can work together for the benefit of young people.
“Our students, teachers and staff members truly look forward to the two weeks of training and many other times that 7 Elite Academy have provided. Their character and program have impacted our school greatly!
“It was great to see Real Monarchs join us here at Terra Linda and help to increase awareness of how soccer can help young people develop into good human beings. The tickets they gave out were very much appreciated.”
7 Elite Academy's partnership with Terra Linda Elementary saw it nominated for Fox 13's 'Cool School of the Week' award, while the organisation's indoor facility has been opened up as an emergency refuge for students.
Youngsters at the school have also benefitted from new goals that were brought in by 7EA staff, as well as ongoing maintenance.
Matt Brown, Schools Program Manager at 7EA, said: “Our schools program gets fantastic feedback wherever it goes and especially so at Terra Linda Elementary, where we have developed a close and special relationship.
"The staff and students have been incredibly receptive, which really motivates us as we see youngsters – the next generation – fall in love with soccer.
“During our schools program sessions, we look to develop good young players on the pitch, but also good young people off the pitch. Staff have been supportive in every aspect of our program.
“We’ve also been delighted to help the school secure new goals, as well giving them emergency access to our indoor training facility. Hector and I enjoy every visit we make here.
“Having professional players here to talk to the young people was a really interesting experience and serves to add to the excellent grounding that our schools program continues to offer.”
Real Monarchs are a part of the Real Salt Lake stable and play in the USL Championship.
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