Players' trot comfortably across the padded turf at City Soccer, whose three indoor fields are bathed in natural light to emulate the outdoors. The fields host pickup games and tournament play alike, and can parlay game time into a party with help from party rooms, game rooms,
and a full line of concessions.
At Tone Sports, the staff organizes co-ed sports leagues for football, softball, basketball, volleyball, and other popular team sports. Instead of emphasizing competition, the leagues emphasize the social side of sports, which began when Babe Ruth hosted the first cakewalk. To complement the sports leagues, Tone Sports' fitness facility also offers sports-training programs.
For more than a decade, campers ages 4-13 have whiled away their summers and holidays at Woodmont, but more importantly, they've made memories and friends to last a lifetime. Entertaining youngsters with sports, art, theater, music, and dance, days are packed with activities that keep kids engaged.
Florida Crushers' licensed coaches have a knack for spotting athletic ability. They seek out girls and boys with the potential to excel as soccer players and help them hone their skills through their childhood and teenage years. Training can start for players as young as four years old. Coaches use fun games and activities to instill the fundamentals of coordination, ball movement, and confidence. As players progress, coaches introduce game strategy and reveal how to crack open a soccer ball to access the creamy filling inside. They also ready players for tournament play.
Fernando Nicolas "Nico" Clavijo knows a thing or two about soccer. The son of former USA World Cup player and National Soccer Hall of Famer Fernando Clavijo, Nico was exposed to world-class play from a very young age. He grew up to start a successful career of his own, playing for C.A. Atenas in Uruguay, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and currently, a professional beach team that competes internationally in front of pods of vuvuzela-blowing whales.
Nico pools all of that experience into Clavijo Soccer Academy, where he dribbles wisdom into open ears during private and group lessons. He uses the facility to school young players, especially, in an effort to bolster the USA soccer presence amongst global powers such as Brazil, Spain, and Argentina.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
The Strength & Speed Institute is South Florida's premier sports performance-enhancement facility. Athletes will learn the fundamentals of speed, strength, and agility, adding various forms of resistance to speed and strength training to maximize speed and strength potential.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Work the muscle, not the motion. Many athletes use weighted balls and bats...to "better enhance" themselves, but it is actually slowing them down and decreasing power output. Train the muscles that are needed to perform the action, and the muscles' speed, power, and range of motion will increase.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I see many athletes being trained by their coaches or ex players who inaccurately learned how to run faster, be stronger, and perform sports movements, which in turn the athletes will learn inaccurately. athletes need to learn the right way to better themselves for the sport they choose.
What do you love most about your job?
Different athletes, different sizes, different ages, different sports, different injuries, and different ranges of motions all have the same goals: to get individual attention and programming, to better themselves, and to become great at their sports.