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Area youth learn soccer skills at UMFK

July 9, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent has just concluded a week long program held at UMFK Alumni Memorial Field which helped to excite area children about soccer.

Eric Werntgen, assistant athletic director, head women's soccer coach and head men's basketball coach spearheaded the program, and was very pleased with the outcome.

"Each fall we run a session for children in grades K-2. This summer we have begun a weeklong summer camp which is open to children from grades K-8. We are extremely happy with this year's group and look forward to offering the program each summer. It is great to see campers improve on their fundamental skills while having fun at the same time," said Werntgen.

The program ran from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, July 9. It was open for children in grades K to 8. They learned skills including passing, shooting, trapping, and dribbling as well as playing many smaller field games.

Everyone involved in the program had a positive experience to tell about the week long camp and hope to see it continue for years to come.

The children themselves were the greatest example of the success of the camp.

Chelsey Plourde, the daughter of Lynn and Dale Plourde of Fort Kent, has been an avid participant of many of UMFK's soccer camps. Plourde said, "I like to go to the camps because it is a lot of fun and I like learning new stuff about soccer."

For information about the fall soccer camp for grades K-2 or other future athletic camps at UMFK contact Eric Werntgen at (207) 834-7828 or by email at werntgen@maine.edu.