What can we learn from FC Barcelona?

As you may well have seen, FC Barcelona went into the 2nd leg of their recent Champions League tie with Paris St. Germain down 4-0 from the first leg.  As good as they are, and even with You-Know-Who in their ranks, they were pretty much written off and given no chance of turning around the tie.  After 88 minutes of the second leg they were even further out of it.  Despite leading the 2nd leg 3-1, they still needed 3 goals to advance due to the complicated "away goals" rule in European competitions.

Then a funny thing happened........Barcelona scored again in that 88th minute to make it 4-1 on the night, and almost immediately 6 minutes of stoppage time went up on the boards.  The home crowd roared them on, sensing that the unthinkable might yet happen.  Strangely, the players didn't rush to grab the ball out of the net, or even sprint back to the halfway line.  They knew PSG were a top, top team full of experienced international players.  Surely they would see out the game with what was still a 2 goal cushion.

But history will tell us that they wouldn't.  Barcelona did indeed score 2 more goals in stoppage time and it was they who ran around celebrating like crazy people at the end, not the team from Paris who had let a seemingly unassailable lead slip through their fingers.

Apart from savoring what was simply an amazing sporting occasion, the idea crept into my head that there was more to take from this game.  The players of Barcelona never stopped playing their hardest, never stopped running, never gave up.  Not only that, they didn't change tactics or panic.  They believed that they would score enough goals to win the game.  Their fans also never gave up, and never got on their players' backs.  They supported them the whole way through because they saw the commitment from the players and that was enough for them.  

As a youth soccer player, many things happen over the course of your time playing the game.  Sometimes you question your own ability.  Sometimes you wonder if this is really what you want to devote some much time, energy, and emotion to.  Sometimes you question your coach, or your teammates.  Sometimes you even question your passion for the game.

Did the Barcelona players go through some of those moments leading up to the game, knowing they were 4-0 down and hearing everyone say they had no chance?  Did they question themselves during the actual game as the minutes ticked by?  I am sure they did.  But they didn't dwell on it.  They didn't turn negative on each other, and they continued to focus on what they could control; their game plan, their determination to win every ball, their 1v1 battle against their immediate opponent.  They gave us all a lesson in how to continue to do the right thing, with utmost conviction, and to never, ever give up.

If you do all this, are you guaranteed the success and utter jubilation that the Barca players felt at the final whistle?  No, not at all.  But you are guaranteed the inner feeling of complete satisfaction that you gave your absolute all, as an individual and as a teammate, and sometimes that is all that matters.......

Ian Graham Signs for Philadelphia Union

Ian Graham signs for the Philadelphia Union!

Penn Legacy star has already impressed at the highest level

 

 

I recently sat down with Ian Graham and chatted about his new life as a Philadelphia Union Academy player. Ian, who is now 15, followed his brother into our Futures Program under Rossi at A. Herr Park at 3 years of age, and played all the way through into our travel program (a total of 12 years with our club!) until a few months ago when he started training with Gary Lewis and the Union u14 squad. Ian also played ODP and varsity as a freshman for Hempfield High School over the past 2 years.

Coach Lewis and his staff were immediately impressed with what they saw from Ian; both in his play, and how he adapted to new surroundings and new teammates. They loved his overall attitude to the game and how determined he was to seize the opportunity before him. Within a week they had made the decision to bring him into their famed Academy.  Coach Lewis had these very nice words to say about Ian and our club....."Ian has integrated very well into the Philadelphia Union 2001 group.  He is a talented soccer player with a self assuredness that has allowed him to perform at a consistent level.  Praise has to go to the outstanding program at Penn Legacy in assisting with Ian's development".

Below are excerpts from my chat with Ian and some of his answers will give you a sense of how hard-working he is and also what type of young man he has already become. Enjoy!

Seamus: How has everything been so far with your new environment?

Ian: Everything so far in Philadelphia has been an interesting process. The players at the beginning showed me around. At first things were awkward, I'd show up, play and leave. After getting to know each player, it is like everyone is related. The connection everyone has is amazing. The practices I wouldn't say they were harder, but more intense. It was difficult to get used to the intensity on the field all the time, but after a couple practices I adjusted and played the way I was taught.

S: What is the most impressive thing about the Union Academy?

I: The most impressive thing about the Union Academy would have to be their ability to produce players. The way the coaches coach at Union Academy allows each player to strive for success in the career.

S: How has playing for Penn Legacy prepared you for the jump to one of the most prominent Youth Academies in the country?

I: Penn Legacy taught and prepared me in many ways for growth. Penn Legacy teaches each player the fundamentals at a young age and the skills to start growing off of. Legacy has taught me the importance of teamwork and how to adjust to new players. This has allowed me to get to know the players at Union very well and create friends. Legacy has also taught me determination. Determination is one of the most important qualities for a player to have. Legacy has made me determined to succeed. One day you have a bad practice then the next practice you must be determined to do better. So when I started training with the Union I was determined to try my best so even if I didn't make it I would have come back knowing I had given my all.

S: Do you have any advice for our younger Penn Legacy players on how to improve their overall game so that maybe they can follow in your footsteps?

I: If you commit yourself to every training session and every game then you will always be better than the player not trying. A player who is trying his/her hardest to succeed is a player who will improve. Each player that wants to continue and succeed in his/her career is going to be the player who works the hardest, is determined to be his/her best and who wants to improve him/herself for the better.


Everyone at Penn Legacy wishes Ian all the best on his new path. He and his family have been tremendous ambassadors for our club and, in a way, he still represents us down with the Union. We will follow his continued progress very closely.


Seamus.

Seamus Donnelly
Director of Coaching and Player Development
Penn Legacy Football Club

Players Selected for Upcoming US Soccer Training Centers

As promised last month, we have been given the list of girls that have been selected for the upcoming US Soccer Training Centers. We are very proud of all our players, but we certainly do want to recognize players who are reaching new plateaus and inspiring our younger players.

You can read about the US Soccer Training Centers here: http://www.ussoccerda.com/about-training-centers

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
www.ussoccerda.com
U.S. Soccer Training Center Program. U.S. Soccer is conducting training sessions in conjunction with local clubs and state associations to identify players with Youth ...

 

and here is the list of girls chosen to participate at the first session at Villanova University:


Kayla Weaver
Brooke Wentz
Jaylin Berrios
Lily Heistand
Emma Toomey
Allison Burkholder
Alyson Riggle
Megan Burkholder
Ashtyn Heisey
Alyson Riggle
Delaney Minder
Elizabeth Suydam
Rilyn Saner

Seamus Donnelly
Director of Coaching and Player Development
Penn Legacy Football Club

Some well-deserved recognition for PL Players!

 

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Drew Johnson of our ’00 black team (coached by Mike Seigfried and Dan Hogan) who was recently selected for Eastern PA ODP team to travel to Arizona to compete for the National Championships. Eastern Pennsylvania earned its place in the national championships by winning the Region I Championships—which features all state associations from Virginia to Maine—last June. The 2000 Boys—then Under-16—defeated New York-West in penalties after a 3-3 game..

“We are proud of the players’ efforts to reach the ODP Championships,” said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Technical Director Mike Barr. “Eastern Pennsylvania has a strong history in the event. We hope this group adds to it.” 

Drew and his boys will take on Region III (South) Champion Team Georgia in the semifinals on Friday at 5:30 PM local time. A win will clinch a spot in Sunday’s final on March 5 Iowa (Region II) plays Oregon (Region IV) in the other semifinal. 

In addition, we had 20 (!) players selected for ODP teams this year. We also have many of our girls in contention for a spot in the US Soccer Training Centers which will start up again later this month. When we receive that list we will post a separate release on that program. 

Below are the 20 PL players in our State ODP program. 

India Deck 

Matthew Russinko 

Hunter Evans 

Jack Bruggeman 

Victor Mattilio 

Ethan Smith 

Kayla Weaver 

Brandon Yang 

Drew Johnson 

Jaylin Berrios 

Samuel Hershey 

Nathan Leach 

Emma Toomey 

Brett Kreider 

Giavonna Sweeney 

Ian Lutter 

Aidan Smith 

Avery Rhine 

Benjamin Ammon 

Matthew Connolly

About the Olympic Development Program - The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching. 

About Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer - For more than 40 years, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has worked throughout Eastern Pennsylvania to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer to the region’s youth. Through competitions, educational programs, workshops and coaching clinics, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer impacts the lives of more than 130,000 youth soccer players from ages five to 19. Additional information about Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer can be found at epysa.org

Final Winter SoX & Futsal of 2017

This weekend wraps up our final Winter SoX & Futsal sessions for 2017. Next up, Spring Season. Then we will be running Summer SoX & Futsal. Never-ending opportunities to play the game you love!

WSoX - Saturday, February 25th

Where: Lanco Fieldhouse (1901 Miller Rd, East Petersburg, PA 17520)

Topic: Coach's Choice

When: 9 AM - Noon 
1st hour - PTP, U9-11
2nd hour - U12-15
3rd hour - U16 & older

NOOK FUTSAL - Feb 26th

Where: Spooky Nook (75 Champ Blvd, Manheim, PA 17545)

When: 4-7 PM

1st hour - PTP, U9-11
2nd hour - U12-15
3rd hour - U16 & older

Real Madrid Foundation Clinics Registration

Penn Legacy is proud to be a part of a select group of adidas clubs invited to host Real Madrid Foundation Clinics in 2017.

This program offers a once in a lifetime experience to be coached for a week by the youth coaches of one of the world's greatest professional soccer clubs. Real Madrid Foundation will be running a clinic at the Penn Legacy soccer fields in conjunction with Penn Legacy Football Club, and you will enjoy a week of intense training with world class coaches. Open to boys and girls ages 8-17.

All campers will get to go through training every day with Real Madrid Foundation coaches, while also receiving a training kit and signed diploma from Real Madrid Foundation upon completion of the clinic.

WHEN?

Monday, June 26, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

WHERE?

Penn Legacy Soccer Fields

1695 State Street

East Petersburg, Pennsylvania 17520

#RealSpirit 
#wherewillyouplay

Senior Player Council

We are delighted to announce the formation of an official Penn Legacy Senior Player Council. All high school age players are invited to apply to be on this Council (application link below).

What exactly is the Senior Player Council (SPC)?

We envision that the council will consist of approximately 12 players (freshmen through seniors), selected coaching staff and club leaders.  We hope that the Council will serve an important role in helping the club fulfill its mission statement. 

What will be the purpose of the SPC?  

While we hope the purpose of the SPC will evolve and grow into different roles that we haven't yet considered, we do see the primary purpose to be threefold: 

  1. To provide a voice to our players and to give them a seat at the leadership table.
  2. To help the club better serve the community through projects/special events.
  3. To enhance existing club programs and to create new ventures for the club through social media and the power of young people. 

How will the SPC go about this?

We plan to have tri-monthly meetings at the PL office, and then stay in regular contact through an SPC TeamSnap group.  We want the Council to work closely with Stephanie, our Social Media officer, and to form committees by reaching out to other PL players to help get projects off the ground.  

How much of a commitment will this be for Council members?

We will not ask for too much from our players as we know they are already busy.  Rather we hope that by bringing in committed and resourceful people that we will achieve wonderful things because of the positivity and energy generated by the group. 

Closing date for applicants is Tuesday February 28th
We will contact the successful applicants by March 15th, and our first official meeting will take place at the end of March.  The application does need to include a resume.   

Xbox vs Xtra Training

I think we can all agree that the game of soccer is by no means an easy one. Before we even introduce the ball you need coordination, balance, and agility. Once the ball comes in you need composure, a soft first touch, good technique, and comfort with both feet. Then we add teammates and opponents and everything gets so much more complicated as game awareness and decision-making becomes so important. Lastly we add the competitive element and now there is the pressure to execute all of the above in the frenzy of the actual game.

So how does a youth player improve? How can a coach work on all of this with only 2 practice sessions a week and many players to look out for? 

The answer, in my humble opinion, can lie in the players themselves. Ten minutes a day spent with a ball getting quality touches will add up to over 3,500 minutes a year. 15 minutes will amount to almost 5,500 a year. Juggle a tennis ball while taking a break from school work; use only your weaker foot while striking a ball against a wall; juggle with a teammate before practice starts; watch some Coerver moves/skills on YouTube and try to replicate; even work on balance and coordination exercises while watching television. In short, spend time improving your body mastery and ball mastery skills and I promise you'll be astounded at how much you'll improve at this sport. No matter what your long-term plan for your soccer career may be, surely it is worth spending 10-15 minutes a day to become the best player you can be.  

In the spirit of my previous declaration of The Year of Individual Technical Improvement, we are going to have a little competition where players can send in a short video of them juggling with a ball, or demonstrating a move. The top three entrants will receive a nice prize.

XBOX vs Xtra Challenge

TYPE OF VIDEOS: you juggling a ball or demonstrating a move

INSTAGRAM - take a video on Instagram and tag @PennLegacySoccer

FACEBOOK - post your video or share your YouTube video link to our wall on Penn Legacy’s Facebook Page

EMAIL - send your video to seamus@pennlegacy.org

HASHTAG - #PennLegacy #XBOXvsXtra

Deadline: Feb 28th, 2017

Flash Clinics in February 2017

 

 

Seamus is holding flash clinics on Saturday, Feb 11th, Friday Feb 17th, and Monday, February 20th (Presidents' Day). The focus of each session will be on the weaker foot, first touch, brain-centered training, and basic footskills.

It is a simple concept; go to the link below to sign up, (there is room for 24 kids each hour in the designated age groups). Bring $5 along to the clinic which will take place at LANCO Fieldhouse on the far end of Field 1. 

Bring a ball, water bottle, and appropriate soccer footwear.  

For any questions, contact Seamus Donnelly.

 

FEB 11 & 17

REGISTER HERE>

 

FEB 20 (PRESIDENTS' DAY)

REGISTER HERE>

 

 

College Prep Session on Feb 11th

 

FREE Penn Legacy College Prep Mini Sessions will be held on Saturdays at Lanco Fieldhouse on the following dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, and 2/18. All sessions run 10:30am-10:50am and is for parents & players U16 and older. The topic for Saturday 2/11 is "The Best Ways To Be Seen By A College Coach."


Penn Legacy FC is holding several College Prep Mini Training Sessions along with several College Recruiting Q & A sessions in conjunction with the WSOX sessions. These sessions are all optional and will be held just before the WSOX Older Age Group training which start Saturdays at 11am which will allow the players to also attend WSOX. The Mini Sessions will be at LANCO Fieldhouse and will start at 10:30am and end at 10:50am. The sessions will cover a variety of topics that relate to college prep and recruiting. This will allow the players to come to WSOX 30 minutes early and be exposed to important college recruiting information, get answers to their questions, and then train at WSOX. Any questions please contact Mike Logan at logan@pennlegacy.org

PL Speed & Agility Training Begins 2/21

Our Speed and Agility program is proving to be a smash hit.  This upcoming session will be the last one of this off-season as it will take us into the actual outdoor soccer season.  Take advantage of this special club offer and give yourself the best possible preparation for the spring season.   

The importance of speed and agility training in the sport of soccer is that it is a fundamental element in everything a player needs to do. When it comes to technical expertise and comfort on the ball, we must backtrack to the player's first touch. Before that is their balance and footwork before the ball even arrives. The same can be said of what happens as soon as the player has the ball. Speed and explosiveness is the great separator. it is with all this mind that we came up with a soccer action specific training program in conjunction with the experts at The Nook. It will work on conditioning for sure, plus injury prevention, but it will also focus on change of direction, foot speed, agility, balance, coordination, and posture. Included in the sessions will be pre and post testing so that improvements can be measured and quantified. All in all, it should prove to be an excellent program for all our players who attend.

Where? The Nook

When? Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4-7pm

Feb 21st (pre-testing day), 23rd, 28th,

Mar 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th,

Apr 4th (post-testing day).

4-5pm - u16 though u19
5-6pm - u13 through u15
6-7pm - u9 through u12
Cost? $89 for 12 sessions plus post-testing.

Be sure to type "Penn Legacy" into search box when registering.

REGISTER HERE >

Penn Legacy Selected to Host Real Madrid Foundation Clinic in June 2017

 
Penn Legacy recently announced our first ever club trip to Real Madrid this August. At the end of that message it was mentioned that there was more exciting news to come.
 
Well we are now DELIGHTED to announce that Penn Legacy has been selected as host of an Official Adidas Real Madrid Foundation Clinic in June 2017. From June 26th to 30th we will be hosting an OFFICIAL Real Madrid Foundation Clinic with OFFICIAL Real Madrid Foundation coaches, selected by the Real Madrid C.F. Academy Director.  
 
The @Real Madrid Foundation Clinics U.S.A. details and registration information will be announced soon, but for now,
Save the Dates - June 26th-30th, 2017
 
 
-Seamus Donnelly, Director of Coaching & Player Development
 
#RealSpirit
#wherewillyouplay
 
 

College Prep Session on Feb 4th

FREE Penn Legacy College Prep Mini Sessions will be held on Saturdays at Lanco Fieldhouse on the following dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, and 2/18. All sessions run 10:30am-10:50am and is for parents & players U16 and older. The topic for Saturday 2/4 is "Refresher on Navigating Around the College Soccer Connector Software Program."


Penn Legacy FC is holding several College Prep Mini Training Sessions along with several College Recruiting Q & A sessions in conjunction with the WSOX sessions. These sessions are all optional and will be held just before the WSOX Older Age Group training which start Saturdays at 11am which will allow the players to also attend WSOX. The Mini Sessions will be at LANCO Fieldhouse and will start at 10:30am and end at 10:50am. The sessions will cover a variety of topics that relate to college prep and recruiting. This will allow the players to come to WSOX 30 minutes early and be exposed to important college recruiting information, get answers to their questions, and then train at WSOX. Any questions please contact Mike Logan at logan@pennlegacy.org

Futures Winter Session 2

Penn Legacy is holding an indoor soccer program for Futures players (kids of all skill levels born 2009-2012). Players will experience fun skills sessions with Rossi and Penn Legacy staff.

Session #2 - Lanco Fieldhouse (Field 1)

Saturdays - 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18

U5 (YOB 2012): 9:00 am -10:00 am
U6 (YOB 2011): 10:00 am -11:00 am
U7 (YOB 2010): 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
U8 (YOB 2009) : 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Registration fee: $75 per session

More Info: HERE

Register Now

 

2017 WSoX & Futsal on Jan 21 & 22

We had a great turnout for our first Penn Legacy Futsal session of 2017. Futsal for Penn Legacy travel players will take take place again this Sunday, Jan 22nd - 4-7pm at Spooky Nook (on Hardwood Courts 4, 6, 8, 10).  In addition, our first Winter School of Xcellence (WSoX) session will take place at Lanco Fieldhouse on Saturday, January 21st. See below for the full Futsal and WSoX schedules.

Futsal

Futsal is a game synonymous with many of the top players in the world today. It originated in South America, and is very much about skill, fast footwork, and speed of play. This club has long promoted the correlation between futsal and overall skill development. I cannot stress enough how important it is for our players to try to attend. Our futsal sessions are free play. There is no "coaching" involved, only supervision. We see it as the perfect compliment to our SoX sessions that are very much exercise driven. Here, the players come and just play. The PL coaches present will guide the participants on how to play correctly to maximize the effect, but otherwise it is street soccer style.

Where? The Nook Sport Courts (except Jan 22nd)
When? Sunday afternoons
Jan 22nd - 4-7pm (on Hardwood Courts 4, 6, 8, 10)
Jan 29th - 5-8pm
Feb 5th - 1-4pm
Feb 26th - 4-7pm

1st hour - PTP, u9 through u11
2nd hour - u12 through u15
3rd hour - u16 and older

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Winter School of Xcellence (WSoX)

Back for its tenth straight year, this program is all about technical development through quality repetition. There will be a topic each week, players will be broken up into small groups, and our coaches will run them through stations. These are intense and demanding sessions (hence the use of the word Xcellence).

Where? Lanco Fieldhouse
When? Saturday mornings, 9-noon.
1st hour - PTP, u9 through u11
2nd hour - u12 through u15
3rd hour - u16 and older

Topics:
Jan 21st - DRIBBLING
Jan 28th - PASSING AND RECEIVING
Feb 4th - SHOOTING AND FINISHING
Feb 11th - SPECIAL TOPICS
Feb 18th - COACH'S CHOICE
Feb 25th - SPECIAL TOPICS

 

Sean O’Hearn Called up to U.S. U-19 Training Camp

Sean O’Hearn, is a local soccer standout who began loving the game at the early age of 4 years old. Now at 18 years of age, Sean is a senior at Hempfield H.S. who committed to Georgetown University, and recently gained experience with the U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team.

The U19 USMNT Head Coach, Brad Friedel, called up Sean O’Hearn to the roster for domestic training camps which took place this past October and November. The U19 squad then faced Miami FC, a USL Premier Development team, on Nov 13th at Lockhart Stadium with a 5-0 victory. “It was such an amazing experience,” Sean says, “There is no better feeling than putting on that USA jersey for the first time. Flying out to California, then Florida, and playing with some of the best players in the country was truly surreal.”

Sean began playing soccer with Penn Legacy’s Futures Program (formerly known as “Academy”) under Gary Ross “Rossi,” Penn Legacy’s Technical Director of U4-10. Rossi remembers Sean’s fun loving attitude, and says, “Sean was like all the other kids at that time. He loved the game and even at such a young age he enjoyed coming to the field and playing. Really it was that simple. He has blossomed over the last few years, but as a child he was one of many children who just loved to come to the park, run around, have fun and play soccer.”

Sean reminisces about his childhood, and says, “My first soccer memory was when I was 5 or 6 years old and playing intramural soccer at Amos Herr park. My dad the previous week taught me how to celebrate a goal by putting my shirt over my head and doing an airplane as a joke. When I scored in my game that next weekend, I celebrated by doing that. (Sean laughs) My parents weren't that pleased with me for doing that.”

From U9-13, Sean played for Penn Legacy’s Travel Program. Penn Legacy’s DOC, Seamus Donnelly, says ”Sean was part of a fantastic group that played some phenomenal football here over a period of 4 or 5 years.  He obviously had a ton of natural ability, but matched that with an inner drive to improve and excel, and he treated every training session and game with an absolute intensity that really propelled his development into a top, top player.  Sean was also a great kid and teammate.  We are all very, very proud of him and what he is accomplishing."

At U14, Sean, joined Pa Classic’s pre-academy program and was named to the Development Academy’s Under-17/18 East Conference Team for 2015-16. Steve Klein, Sean’s coach at PA Classics, describes him as a “very, very solid player who’s good with his feet and is a tenacious defender.”

Sean O’Hearn is one of the top 100 high school seniors in the country, and ranked as the 97th best prospect in the Class of 2017, according to College Soccer News’ recruiting experts. Sean said his ultimate goals are to have a successful collegiate career at Georgetown University, play in the MLS, and be part of the U.S. National Team. When asked what advice he’d give to young players just entering the world of club soccer, Sean replied, “If you really love the game, just work hard and good things will come. Soccer is my passion, and to me it’s always been easy to work hard, because I have always wanted to be the best that I can be.”

Seamus' Op Ed January 2017

In my last article I mentioned how we are designating 2017 to be The Year of Individual
Technical Improvement for All Penn Legacy Players.  The goal behind this is to a). provide as many opportunities for our players to practice and perfect skills, moves, and first touch with BOTH feet, and b). motivate the players to practice on their own, both replicating what we have shown them, but also improvising and creating new ways to improve their skills, and thus their comfort on the ball.  Below are some of the ways we hope to accomplish this goal:

FLASH CLINICS
As often as possible over the next few months we will host clinics where players can sign up for a nominal fee to work with me on a selected technical topic.

JUGGLING CLUB 2.0
Starting very soon we will be bringing back our PL Juggling Club where our players can earn recognition and small awards for reaching different levels of juggling expertise.  The new version of our juggling club will feature levels both for number of juggles, but also distance.  In other words, static juggling and then motion juggling.  We hope to launch this program in the next few weeks.

SENSEBALL TRAINING
You may have noticed some teams go through a pilot program with myself where we were using a ball on a string.  The balls we were using are called senseballs and we plan to bring these into more and more of our training and clinics moving forward.

THE ZIDANE SESSIONS
Starting in the spring we will be offering “mini technical clinics” that will begin about 20 mins or so before team practices on select days where kids can just show up with their ball and go through some technical exercises with either myself or a member of our coaching staff.   Then, once practice time arrives, off they go with their team.  Simple concept, and hopefully they will be helpful for players to work on their skills in a very relaxed environment.

TECHNICAL PLAY AREA
Once the summer rolls around, we plan to set up a designated area at the East Pete venue that will have football tennis nets, mini goals, and a few technical-based items for our players to come and play and practice on their own. Of course, our winter and summer training programs have always been rooted in individual player development, and hopefully this will all compliment with our team trainings to help all our players achieve marked improvement in their overall game, and especially in their technical ability.

Seamus.
Seamus Donnelly
Director of Coaching and Player Development
Penn Legacy Football Club

College Prep Sessions Coming Soon

Penn Legacy FC will be holding several College Prep Mini Training Sessions along with several College Recruiting Q & A sessions in conjunction with the WSOX sessions. These sessions are all optional and will be held just before the WSOX Older Age Group training which start Saturdays at 11:00 am which will allow the players to also attend WSOX. The Mini Sessions will be at LANCO Fieldhouse and will start at 10:30 am and end at 10:50am. The sessions will cover a variety of topics that relate to college prep and recruiting. This will allow the players to come to WSOX 30 minutes early and be exposed to important college recruiting information, get answers to their questions, and then train at WSOX. Details of each session will be coming in future Penn Legacy Newsletters so please check back! Any questions please contact Mike Logan.

2017 International Trip Announcement

Penn Legacy is excited to announce the first annual Penn Legacy/Generation Adidas International Team Trip to Real Madrid C.F. in Madrid, Spain in August 2017.   Penn Legacy in conjunction with Adidas and its Generation Adidas program are planning to make this an annual trip for boys and girls players at our u15 and/or u14 age groups. This August, 19 boys and about 22 parents from a combination of our u15 and u14 boys' teams will be attending the trip as they spend 9 days in Madrid, training at the Real Madrid training facility with training sessions led by coaching staff from Real Madrid's famed Academy.  In addition, Seamus Donnelly, Penn Legacy's Director of Coaching will be joining the group along with coaches David Simpson and Nicholas Ruhl from the u14 age group.   

Seamus Donnelly notes, "this is such an exciting opportunity for these boys.  They will get to immerse themselves in the Real Madrid experience and the Spanish culture.  They will receive coaching from some of the top youth coaches in the world and also rub shoulders with the Madrid youth academy players every single day at The City of Football, as Madrid's Training Complex is called.  They will play friendly matches against local opposition and even attend La Liga matches at the famed Santiago Bernabeu stadium.  For sure we want to make this an annual trip where our kids grow and develop in our program and have this European trip to look forward to arriving at the u14 and u15 age group".    

We have been planning to add an International trip for quite some time and have been working with Adidas towards implementing this opportunity as an additional program offering for our travel side of the Club.    

The traveling players and their families will be spending the next several months conducting fundraising efforts to help assist in the cost of the trip as they have several fundraising events in the planning stages for this spring.  These events will then be carried on next year by the age group that will be travelling in 2018.  The plan is to make fundraising events that bring the Penn Legacy family closer together as well as raise money for the players going to Europe.  Stay tuned for more on these events, future destinations for 2018 teams, and even more exciting news for Penn Legacy and Adidas.

We fully intend to send both girls and boys from designated age groups on European trips on an annual basis beginning in 2018. Together with Adidas we tried to do a girls and boys trip for 2017, but simply did not have enough commitments on the girls' side to proceed with a 2017 trip, but we hope to build on the momentum of the 2017 trip, plus our continued excellent partnership with Adidas and Generation Adidas International, and provide this incredible opportunity for both the girls and boys going forward.  Details for the 2018 trip will be announced later this year. 

2017 MLK Day Flash Clinic

 

FLASH CLINIC - Monday, January 16, 2017

Players and parents, I will be holding clinics on Monday based on Individual Technical Training using the Senseballs and other exciting exercises.  The focus will be on the weaker foot, first touch, and basic footskills.

It is a simple concept; go to the link below to sign up, there is room for 24 kids each hour in the designated age groups.  Bring $5 along to the clinic which will take place at Lanco Fieldhouse on the far end of field 1.  No need to bring a ball, just a water bottle and appropriate soccer footwear.

Sign up HERE

Any questions, contact me at seamus@pennlegacy.org

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