Wednesday, 23 August 2017 22:14

Fall Soccer Clinics Offered for Children of All Ages and Abilities

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Claudia Chetney working on dribbling with children at a past clinic. Claudia Chetney working on dribbling with children at a past clinic. Submitted photo

“Doing it Our Way” Spring Soccer clinic, part of a Parents of Special Children program and run by Oswego Varsity player Claudia Chetney and her teammates is gearing up for the fifth year of soccer clinics for children of all ages and abilities.

 The five week series of clinics and games will take place on Saturday afternoons starting in September at the Richard Benjamin Field Complex in Oswego. Participants will enjoy fun with the soccer ball and have the opportunity to play small games with families cheering from the sidelines.

"The soccer clinics are so everyone can have fun with the soccer ball and not worry about the rules of the game," noted Claudia Chetney who originally started the program years ago as a Girl Scout Silver Award Project. "It’s not about winning or losing, or scoring on the right goal, it’s just about having fun.”

Players from the Oswego Girls Soccer Program along with other student athletes make the program possible by volunteering their time each week to make the clinic a success. “Often we have kids who need a 1:1 beside guiding them and because of the volunteers we always have enough help,” Chetney added.

Support from the Oswego Youth Soccer Association for the use of the fields each week, the Fitzgibbons Agency who sponsors soccer medals, and Cam's Pizzeria who provides end of year pizza dinner makes the program enjoyable for all the participants.

The "Doing it Our Way" program was developed to allow special needs individuals to participate in sports and other organized activities. "Doing it Our Way" also provides opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities to play Basketball, Baseball, Dance, and Cheerlead. For more information on the program, or to sign up for this Fall Soccer session, call the office of Parents of Special Children at 598-7672.

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