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Summer camps set this week for football, soccer

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By Phil Scherer

Sullivan Field will be a busy spot this week as a pair of training camps get kids ready to compete in football and soccer this upcoming school year.

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Both the Topper Football Youth Camp and the LAHS Girls Soccer LEAD Summer Camp will take place on the field this week.

The football camp will take place both Monday and Tuesday evening, while the soccer camp runs Monday-Thursday with sessions in both the morning and the afternoon.

Each day during the soccer camp, the girls will take the field starting at 7 a.m. for 90 minutes of action.

That will be followed by 30 minutes of leadership training, where the participants will learn what it takes to be successful as a future or current member of the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.

Katie Hopkins, a two-year LAHS varsity starter and incoming Junior, said, “The LEAD Soccer Academy is a great opportunity to work with amazing coaches and current UNM Lobo players, and improve individual and leadership skills. This camp is a perfect way to prepare for the fall soccer season.”

There will be another session of the camp each day from 3-5 p.m. that will follow the same routine as the morning session.

There will be multiple coaches helping the campers every day of the camp from all different levels of competition.

The camp is open to girls in both middle school and high school.

The cost of the camp will be $250 for each girl. The cost will include a camp T-shirt that the girls will be able to keep following the week of work.

The football camp is open to kids that will be entering third grade through eighth grade.
The two-day camp will take place both Monday and Tuesday evening from 5-7:30 p.m.

The cost is $20 per camper, and also includes a camp T-shirt for everyone. Registration will be done on-site prior to Monday’s session.

Campers are encouraged to bring a pair of football cleats and a water bottle to both days of training, and one other thing, according to camp organizers: “Intensity.”

The camp will provide footballs for practice purposes.

The goal of this camp is to build the foundations for becoming a successful Hilltopper football player, which will be provided by high school, middle school and youth coaches.  

Their aim is to teach basic offensive and defensive philosophies and techniques that the kids will be able to use in games once their seasons start later this year.

There will also be an emphasis put on proper technique, so that the campers learn the correct way to play the game, and are as safe as possible while doing so.

Safety will be emphasized heavily.

Following both days of the camp, nightly competitions will be held.

The campers will be split into age-and-skill appropriate groups and put the techniques they have learned into action while competing for bragging rights.

Campers are also encouraged to bring an old pair of cleats to the camp to donate or trade with other campers or those less fortunate.