Kristian Bover shows his skills during a footwork drill on the last day of the U.K. International soccer camp hosted by Wetumpka's AYSO.
Kristian Bover shows his skills during a footwork drill on the last day of the U.K. International soccer camp hosted by Wetumpka's AYSO.

AYSO brings UK coaches, game to Elmore County kids

Published 1:00pm Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wetumpka’s AYSO has annually hosted coaches from the U.K. International Soccer Camps. For the first time though, a coach liked the city so much he requested a return trip.

“I had so much fun last year, it was an easy decision,” said Kristian Bover, a resident of Newcastle in the north of England. “It was one of the first camps our boss said, ‘Do you want to leave’ and we said, ‘yeah, let’s go.’”

Bover brought with him Jamie Rawlinson and William Morris.

“First trip to Wetumpka, I love and I’m hoping to come back next year,” said Morris.

“The kids are trying hard and putting the effort in and that’s what matters.”

Campers throughout the week were taught the different aspects of the game in a building-blocks style approach.

“The AYSO program around here is amazing,” said Bover. “They’ve obviously got the right coaches in places. And the kids are getting better. I work with the AYSO program in Chicago and it’s no where near what it is here. It’s a brilliant compliment.”

Campers worked on shooting and defending and passing and ball control and ended the week with a “World Cup” scrimmage.

“We have Germany, USA, England, Italy and Brazil as the choice of countries,” laughed Bover. “That’s the way they picked it. USA I can understand. England because some people aspire to be great. Germany, I have no idea. Brazil because they are the best in the world and Italy, I don’t know.”

Bover looked at the little girl representing Italy: “Why did you pick Italy?”

“I don’t know” she plainly stated as he went back to dribbling the ball toward the net.

The camp ended Saturday with a special session for goalkeepers and for strikers.

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