Soccer, or football, puts its emphasis on the human foot, largely to keep it safe now that delinquent hands are using real rocks, paper, and scissors in their games. Keep feet from falling in with a bad crowd with this Groupon.
$99 for a Four-Day Weekday Soccer Camp ($225 Value)
Choose from three scheduling options:
- July 9–12 at the Hillview Community Center in Los Altos
- July 16–19 at the Hillview Community Center in Los Altos
- July 30–August 2 at Leigh High School in San Jose<p>
Athletes aged 6–12 learn technical and tactical skills at soccer summer camps, taught by current and former professional soccer players from 9 a.m. to noon. Campers are divvied up by age and ability and spend the day rotating among coaches and learning different skills such as passing, juggling, and shooting at garden gnomes blocking the goal. Kids interested in goalkeeping receive three solid hours of specialized instruction. Each day concludes with a scrimmage where athletes sharpen their new skills, and at camp’s end the instructors evaluate players and determine their strengths and weaknesses. Attendees should bring cleats, soccer socks, a water bottle, snack, and sunscreen, and each will receive a KGS Academy T-shirt. Camps include prizes and giveaways from the academy itself as well as sports juggernaut Nike and the MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes.<p>
Los Gatos United Soccer
At Los Gatos United Soccer, founder and former MLS player Kelly Gray supports the soccer needs of the Los Gatos and San Jose Cambrian areas while propelling kids toward professional soccer careers. Supported by a staff of professional athletes of an equally high caliber, Kelly primes youngsters for competition during private lessons and small-group or team training sessions. Soccer programs range from the Striker Academy, which helps aspiring strikers hone their shots, to seasonal camps, where kids pick up new skills or victory-dance routines from a lineup of coaches. With more than 2,000 members playing recreational and competitive soccer, Los Gatos United is affiliated with Cal North (CYSA) and US Club Soccer, with teams competing annually in the CCSL and NorCal Premier playing leagues.