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Parents praise "dedicated" 7EA coaching staff

By James Shaw, 05/29/19, 2:30PM MDT


Parents have given 7 Elite Academy their seal of approval after youngsters flocked to tryouts in Utah County and West Jordan.

The organization is holding its final tryouts for the 2019/20 campaign this week, rounding off a series of busy sessions that started in southern Utah on May 13th.

Players have until Friday to register their interest, as 7EA continues to combine the finest coaches from Europe's top leagues with high-level US-based staff.

Youngsters will soon begin preparations for a busy summer of tournaments and league play under the watchful eye of the Academy's professional coaching line-up.

Parents at Westvale Elementary in West Jordan and Meadowvale Elementary in Lehi were impressed with the standards shown by Utah's fastest-growing youth soccer organization.

Gill Stapeley, whose daughter is trying out for the 07 Girls team, said: “This is our first time with 7 Elite Academy and we came here because we heard great things about the team.

“She has a friend who plays on the team and we were looking for something that is close to where we live. Her friend said she had a good experience here and she loves the coaches.”

Sheridan Bristow was also watching his daughter try out for 7EA's 07 Girls for the first time. He said: “We played elsewhere last year and our daughter knows quite a few of the players in this team.

“We interacted with the coach at a few games and he seemed like a very good coach. In a lot of ways, we could see it would be better coaching than what we previously had.”

Matt Smith, who has two sons trying out for the Academy, said: “We've been with this academy ever since it was founded and the whole time it's been fantastic. They treat the kids really well.

“The coaches are very dedicated and spend a lot of time with the kids. Other clubs have volunteer coaches and although they try hard, they can't spend the time they need to with players.”

Players at 7 Elite Academy have benefitted from a number of high-profile coaching masterclasses over the last year, including sessions with English Premier League star James Milner.

And just a few days ago, four girls from 7EA were given the chance to train at an English Premier League Academy this summer, with further events planned over coming months.

Jennifer Campbell, whose daughter is hoping to return to 7 Elite Academy for a second season, said: “My daughter loves it here and the coaches are really easy to work with.

“We really like the way they teach a lot of skills rather than just kicking the ball. They also teach a lot of life lessons to the players and we like that aspect of it as well.”

Elina Evans, meanwhile, has a son who has played for 7EA since it was founded. She said: “We are seeing kids develop new skills and become more confident by learning better techniques.

“One thing that impresses me about the coaches is that they have had great careers in soccer beforehand and I feel privileged that they're teaching our kids now.”

7 Elite Academy tryouts run until May 31st and there is no charge for current 7 Elite Academy players to take part, while others will be charged $10 ($20 if paying on the day) which includes an exclusive tryout jersey.

Age brackets will range from under-9 to under-18, although there will also be sample training sessions for Pre-Academy players in the 2012-2015 birth years.

Players are encouraged to attend all days of tryouts for their location and age group. To aid in an efficient check-in process at the try-outs, all players are encouraged to pre-register.

On site same day registration is $20 dollars.

For more information and to register, go to