Soccer demonstration postponed because of ash

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HARRISON — A soccer camp demonstration by British coaches set for Saturday has been postponed due to volcanic ash curtailing flights from England.

“They couldn’t get here because of the volcano,” Harrison Recreation Director Paula Holt said Tuesday of the coaches who were set to come this weekend for clinics and demonstrations to promote their Challenger Sports Camps.

Holt said the soccer camp coordinator told her that 45,000 flights were canceled across Europe after Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted last week,  causing a massive no fly zone because of volcanic ash in the air.

Some European flights resumed Tuesday but airports in England, including Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, were not set to reopen until at least Wednesday, according to an Associated Press report Tuesday.

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The sports camp event has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 5, at Crystal Lake Park beside Route 117, Holt said. Girls and boys ages 3 to 6 are scheduled to meet with coaches from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. that day, children ages 7 to 10 from 10 to 11 a.m., and ages 11 to 14 from 11a.m. to noon.

Soccer camp is still set to be held in Harrison from Aug. 9-13.

According to information from Holt, the camp includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and a daily tournament. Additionally, Holt said the coaching staff provides children with lessons in self-discipline, good sportsmanship and respect for others and the game. A daily schedule of camp break activities and an end of camp graduation party are also slated, Holt said.

“It was great,” Holt said of last year’s camp. About 60 children turned out to participate in the first year the town hosted the British soccer camp.

This year children ages 6 through 8 can sign up for the half-day program from 9 a.m. to noon for $105. Children ages 9 through 14 will also have a half-day program from 9 a.m. to noon for $105. Children ages 3 to 5 will have a First Kicks program from 4 to 5 p.m. for $57, according to information from Holt.

Holt said the coaches are usually college students who are trained to coach camps in the United States.

Campers will also receive a free British soccer ball, a soccer camp shirt, a giant fold-out soccer poster and a personal skills evaluation.

Campers may register online a www.harrisonmaine.org and click on recreation and follow the link. Those who sign up 45 days or more prior to camp receive a free British soccer coaching jersey, Holt said.

According to the company Web site, the business operates camps in the United States, Canada and Australia for more than 2,000 communities.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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