GIFC Academy to begin soon

The Garden Island Football Club has announced its new academy session scheduled to start Oct. 18 and run through June 30, 2009.

Coach Kevin Devitt said the goal of the academy is to train players who want to improve their soccer skills and learn more about the game.

“There are players out there who have no affiliation to either American Youth Soccer Organization, or the Kaua‘i Soccer Association, but just want to get better with their skills,” Devitt said. “We want to help them improve their game. It doesn’t matter if they belong to either AYSO, or KSA. If they play and have no affiliation, or anyone to play for, we can help them.”

The academy will be a U.S. Club Soccer program and is open to all players between 6 through 14 years old, boys and girls.

The training sessions will be held on weekends during the fall and spring.

The selection of U.S. Club Soccer allows the GIFC academy to have players from any association.

“Our goal is to train players and find opportunities for them outside the regular leagues on-island,” Devitt said. “This may include travel under U.S. Club Soccer to tournaments or games off-island.”

The academy can also recommend players to other clubs or academies to guest-play for them.

Cost for a year’s membership in the GIFC Academy is $75 and includes a training shirt.

For more information, or an application form, call Devitt at 645-1987, or e-mail devittk001@hawaii.rr.com

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