June 2, 2011

Bobcat Coach Works With Youth Soccer in Guyana

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College women’s soccer head coach Hope Clark made a recent trip to the South American country of Guyana, assisting the ScotiaBank/Pepsi School Football Academy with youth soccer instruction.

Clark joined with U.S. Soccer Federation Coach Paul Beresford to provide instructional sessions for 40 participants May 23 at the Ministry of Education ground.

“The opportunity I was given to visit Guyana was truly life changing,” revealed Clark. “It was extremely rewarding to work with some amazing and aspiring young soccer players who welcomed me and were eager to learn. There is a lot of need in the beautiful country of Guyana and I am grateful for the relationships that were formed during my time there. I look forward to being a part of their soccer culture's growth and success.”

Also assisting were players and goalkeeper coach of the Golden Jaguars national team, including Clark’s husband Richonne Clark.

The teachers who were trained to be the school coaches were exposed to theoretical and practical demonstrations of coaching while the goalkeepers did drills with the national football players. Clark, who specializes in goalkeeper coaching, followed with practical demonstrations.

The last half hour of the 2 ½ hour session was in the form of a game where the school coaches and goalkeepers were able to reinforce their newly-acquired knowledge.

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