Academy training begins on Tuesday, September 10th on Field #2 at Gulfport Sportsplex Softball Complex. Please consult the weekly schedule below for your child's training time. We have pushed the start date back a week to avoid challenges associated with the long weekend and facility availability.
In the Fall of 2011, SMSC and Warren Arde's International Soccer Clinic joined forces to create the largest Academy style training program on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The first of its kind locally, over 200 children ages 4-12 participated in the 2 month program and it has become an important stepping stone for our young players in their soccer education.
Sponsored by the Arde Insurance Group, SMSC is taking the initiative a step forward in reshaping the Academy into a progressive environment for enjoyable player development. The program ties in the club sponsorship with Nike, coaching education and program development support from the United Soccer Coaches (USC) and the ambitious goal of creating top class players. The club is very excited about the new and improved program !
The Academy is open to all children ages 4 to 12. Registration for The Academy occurs at the same time as soccer registration. The Academy begins September 10th and runs on Tuesday and Thursday nights for 4 weeks for 5U/6U and 6 weeks for 7U+ prior to the beginning of rec season. The Gulfport Sportsplex Soccer Complex will host the program.
The cost of the Academy is $135 for ages 7U through 12U and $50 for 5U and 6U. Three installment payment plans are available.
5U (2015) players will attend the Tuesday session from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
6U (2014) players will attend the Thursday session from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
7U (2013) and older players will practice both nights, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm.
All children will receive an Academy soccer jersey. Each player will be trained in various techniques and skills including passing, shooting, control, heading, and juggling. The Academy coaches are professional, licensed coaches with many being SMSC Select coaches and/or former and current professional and college players. Come join the largest and most successful training program on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast!