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Camp, with a Chicago flavor

The Morris Soccer Association welcomed Chicago Fire Youth Elite Soccer to town this 
past week.
The Morris Soccer Association welcomed Chicago Fire Youth Elite Soccer to town this past week.

There’s a new soccer camp in town.

The Morris Soccer Association, which for years has hosted British Challenger Soccer camps in the summer, gave its players another option in 2013. This week, the MSA is hosting a recreational Chicago Fire Youth Elite Soccer camp at White Oak Elementary School in Morris.

MSA board member Heather Poston came up with the idea of having a Fire camp.

“One benefit to this is the kids get a ticket to a fire game. With us having a pro soccer team so close, we thought it’d be good to promote that to the kids,” Poston said. “For the time being, it gives our kids some choices when it comes to camps, though we’ll probably end up picking one and going with it.”

Heather’s son, 11-year-old Luke Poston, is participating in the Fire camp and has done Challenger camps in the past.

“It’s fun. The coaches are really good,” Poston said. “(The Fire camp is) a little bit different. We do some different games, and there are different things that we learn. ... I’ve learned some skill moves, and I’m better at dribbling now.”

Luke Poston is in a camp for 7- to 14-year-olds which is coached by Patrick Kelleher. A separate camp is being held for 5- and 6-year-old and is coached by Dan Stickland. Both camps are holding sessions that start at 9 a.m. daily from Monday through Friday. The younger group has camp until 10:30 a.m. daily, while sessions for the older group last until noon.

Kelleher is in his second year as an instructor for Fire camps. He played competitive soccer though the age of 21.

“”It’s good. Most of these kids have played some soccer already, which is a good thing,” Kelleher said. “For these kids, we’re trying to continue to teach them soccer. Dan, who’s doing the camp for younger kids, is keeping it very simple and focusing on having fun. With the older kids, we’re working on some skills and just looking to have them improve.”

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