See behind-the-scenes of our second ever Residential Training Camp
Our one week preparation camp mirrors the format and structure of the American Universities pre-season schedule to ensure our players arrive ready both physically and mentally.
This year saw a several players from different pathways join us as we opened the camp to Soccer Assist Academy players as well as International players looking to develop their game. This year also saw the introduction of women’s football sessions.
Check out some of our favourite photos from the week below.
Day 1 – Sunday
Day 1 and players arrived onsite for dinner and some fun ice breaker activities.
Day 2 – Monday
The first official day of training and the players were up early for breakfast together.
This was followed by an introduction to the full coaching team and a talk from Relationship Coordinator James Quinn on what players can expect from the week ahead as well as a talk on what to expect at College in America.
This was followed by the players lacing up their boots for the first time and taking to the beautiful pitches for a training session.
The afternoon saw the payers receive a video analysis session with InPlay Sports followed by some rehab work indoors.
Day 3 – Tuesday
Players started their day with a gym session followed by the afternoon back out on the pitches.
Day 4 – Wednesday
Day 4 saw the players take a step back from the training pitch and instead a dip in the pool
There were also some special testing taking place in the afternoon as players competed in a reaction speed test, jump height test and a 20m sprint test.
Day 5 – Thursday
Soccer Assist held it’s first ever Media Day, capturing all sorts of photography for all our players. Including official contract signings and some fun in front of the green screen.
The evening saw players take part in a 5 a-side football tournament, with four teams competing to be champions.
Day 6 – Friday
Matchday at Training Camp, what every player has been waiting for – A chance to get into teams and compete for the coveted 2022 Soccer Assist Training Camp Trophy.
Matchday also featured a special guest as Charlie Ward, coach at the Upper Iowa Peacocks gave players a pre-match talk on what colleges in the U.S are looking for from their soccer scholars.
The afternoon also featured a special Women’s Football match. Two squads featuring a mixture of already signed Soccer Assist athletes as well as International students, Soccer Assist Academy players and scholarship trialists got together to take part in a 90 minute match that was filmed in order to create individual highlight tapes for players.