It’s been a busy summer already for Coastal Outreach Soccer. The organization hosts training sessions every morning from Monday through Thursday at Howard Coffin Park for kids interested learning the game, and also just held a football camp with the help of Brunswick High graduate and Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay.
But the summer is just getting started. COS is currently taking registration for its Big Play Slay Soccer Camp scheduled for June 30 and July 1 at Howard Coffin Park. The deadline to register is June 19.
Shawn Williams, executive director of COS, said the camp the camp is good for beginners learning the game and more advanced players.
“For players at that beginning level, it will introduce them to some fundamental skills that they’ll be able to do at home, whether its one-on-one or they have some friends in the neighborhood they can play with,” Williams said. “The camp’s primary focus is on fundamental skills. For players at that more advanced level, we’ll have challenging drills that focus on possessing the ball, individual attacking and defending as a unit.”
Slay will be at the camp along with college coaches from University of South Carolina-Aiken, COS coaches and community volunteers. Williams said the camp was well attended last year, and he expects a similar turnout this year.
In July, COS will again welcome an international soccer team to the Golden Isles to play games and enjoy other activities. A girls team from Freeport, Bahamas will come into town July 7.
Along with games, the team from the Bahamas will also get a chance to explore the area, intermingle with their soccer counterparts from COS and also talk with financial aid and admissions staff at College of Coastal Georgia, where they will be staying during their trip.
“We’ll have a blend of soccer activities as well as giving them an opportunity to get out into our community and see what Brunswick has to offer,” Williams said.
As fun as it is to play the games, the interactions and friendships developed between the COS teams and the Bahamas teams is also a big part of the weeklong celebration.
“On the women’s side of the game of soccer, there are limited opportunities for them to be able to travel and play,” Williams said. “This gives not only the team from the Bahamas the exposure they are looking for, it also impacts our girls by giving them an opportunity to see that this is the world’s game and other young ladies their age are also very committed to the game.”
The Freeport coach told Williams that her girls love coming to the Isles because of the activities planned around the event. Instead of just playing games and heading back to their hotel, the group gets a chance to have experiences like eating a blue crab at a lowcountry boil.
“You don’t have blue crabs in the Bahamas,” Williams said.