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U-16 boys wrap up Saskatoon camp

Posted on 6 August 2007 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

SASKATOON (SASKATCHEWAN)- Canada’s men’s U-16 team wrapped up a one-week camp in Saskatoon today. The 18-player camp ran 30 July to 6 August. One of the highlights of the camp was six “Kids Soccer in the Park” interactive training sessions with local kids.

"From a development perspective, it was an excellent camp and an excellent test for the players," said coach Sean Fleming. "The Kids Soccer in the Park program was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all - the coaches, players and kids."

The “Kids Soccer in the Park” sessions ran 31 July (College Park and Silverwood Heights), 1 August (Westmount and Pleasant Hill) and 2 August (Confederation Park and Warman).

"The “Kids Soccer in the Park” program provided local children with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come out and participate in grass root soccer skills with the U-16 boys," said Saskatoon Youth Soccer Director of Operations Bob Rohachuk. "By targeting inner-city and low income park areas across the city, the U-16 boys were able to interact in small-group skill sessions.

"This is a first step in creating a bond between local soccer districts and national teams; we have been discussing this for years and now that it has been done once, I believe it can and should be continued across the country in years to come."

The Canadian U-16 camp features players born in 1991 or later. These players will be eligible for the next two FIFA U-20 World Cups (2009 and 2011), albeit most would likely challenge for a position on the 2011 team. Players born in 1992 would also be eligible for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2009.

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