Local Youths Get Kick Out Of Clinic

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Young soccer players play a scrimmage during the Imperial Valley United FC and IVUSA free soccer clinic at Sunflower field in El Centro on Saturday. Photo by: Vincent Osuna
Young soccer players play a scrimmage during the Imperial Valley United FC and IVUSA free soccer clinic at Sunflower field in El Centro on Saturday. Photo by: Vincent Osuna

EL CENTRO — Youth are often drawn to the bright light of technology rather than the bright outdoor sunshine, but on Saturday local youths had a reason to get out and play.

On Saturday morning, the Imperial Valley United FC and IVUSA held a free soccer clinic for children ages 7-to-14. The clinic was held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sunflower Field.

“The goal was to give back to the community,” said Robert Osoria, coordinator of the event. “Tons of kids are out doing nothing right now, so us coaches made this clinic to give back and focus on the kids.” The clinic started with separate activity stations for boys and girls, then moved on to group scrimmages.

“I had the most fun when we did the scrimmage,” said Angel La Valley, age 8.

Gerald Robinson called a short break to give inspirational words to the kids.

“In life, you only get a few opportunities to become something. Nothing is going to happen without working to be great,” said Robinson.

He then proceeded to show kids world-class drills for agility and ball control that he learned throughout his long life in athletics.

To end the clinic, the difference age groups went through each drill once. They were then huddled and told to carry on what they learned today throughout life.

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