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NY Red Bulls To Teach Soccer To Harrison Kids

HARRISON, N.Y. – Young Harrison soccer players will now get the chance to learn from New York Red Bulls professionals through the Harrison Recreation Department.

“We have the professionals teach the kids, as well as teach the coaches how to coach,” said Gerry Salvo, superintendent of the Recreation Department. The program is offered to boys and girls in kindergarten and first grade .

“The Red Bulls’ goal is to create a fun and challenging environment where players have the ability to play,” says the application to play. “Teams will be made, with each Saturday consisting of stations learning how to dribble, shoot, offense, defense and goal. The session will end with a scrimmage to demonstrate these important skills.”

Harrison kindergarten students participated in the program last year, but it was not available to first-graders. Salvo is excited that the opportunity now exists for both grades.

“We always had a trainer from a different company, but last year was the first we did with the Red Bulls organization. It was very well run, and because of that, we just thought to extend the program to the first-graders as a sense getting a little more education,” he said.

The professional trainers , who instruct players and coaches throughout New York, give both a jump start and a better idea of how to play and coach. Salvo added that the coaches are volunteers and usually parents of the players.

“We’re looking forward to it. Hopefully it brings more people willing to help out,” Salvo said. “You don’t have to be skilled in the sport to coach. That’s one of the things that’s great about recreation – we want the parents to be involved.”

The application fee for players is $55. Applications must be returned or mailed to the Sollazzo Center at 270 Harrison Ave., Harrison, NY 10528, or the Leo Mintzer Center at 251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison, NY 10604. The deadline for kindergarten players is 5 p.m. Sept. 12, and applications for first-graders must be in by 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

The dates of the camp are Sept. 15, 22 and 29 and Oct. 6, 13 and 20 with a soccer picnic on Nov. 3.

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