Enfield Soccer Club gears up with training sessions

By Merja H. Lehtinen - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Feb. 23, 2012
The Enfield Extreme 2011 Connecticut Cup Champions. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Enfield Soccer Club has been offering training sessions since January and will run practices through March, when soccer players can begin to sign up for spring season teams.

Training is on an informal week-by-week basis for children 6 through 18 who want to learn how to play soccer before they try out for teams at school through the club or wish to improve their current skills. The students are divided by age group when they arrive to practice. The club does not require students to attend every session, but offers a way of enabling children to prepare for tryouts and other more selective teams at school or through the community programs hosted by the Enfield Soccer Club.

In its third year of winter training, the Enfield Soccer Club has trained players and helped the community to build an appreciation for soccer for many decades. The club has an executive board that runs a recreational program, as well as a competitive program.

"We have a fall and spring season," said Darren Ketchale, vice president of the club. "The recreational level program is for children playing within the town of Enfield. The competitive program gears players for national championships and world-class tournaments by team. Our Under-12 girls in the fall 2011 season won the State Cup in soccer. They are called the Enfield Extreme. About 16 girls are on the team,” he said.

About 900 players are involved with the recreational level and competitive class levels each season. There have been about 20 to 30 participants at the Saturday or Sunday night sessions.

"We are also starting something called Soccer Buddies, where older kids train younger kids and help develop their love for the sport," said Ketchale.

Parents are welcome to stay and watch during the sessions. Some of the older students are there as part of community service projects, and that paperwork is available on site. The Enfield Soccer Club has met this winter at the Enfield Tennis Club on Shaker Road. The recreational season, which children sign up for after training, is $50 per season. The winter sessions have focused on individual skills, such as passing, receiving, juggling and shooting, as well as group play.

Ketchale has been volunteering for eight years or more. A life-long soccer player, he started playing with the Enfield Soccer Club as a child, played recreational soccer in college, and continues to play today as an amateur enthusiast with excellent mentoring skills.

Enfield Soccer Club will hold spring registration at EnfieldSoccer.org through March 10. Or, sign up in person at Enfield Central Library on March 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Darren at 860-698-9748 or Darren.Ketchale@enfieldsoccer.org for more information.

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