April 8, 2013 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - North Carolina FC
CARY, N.C. (April 8, 2013) - The Carolina RailHawks professional soccer team announced today that it is launching a new RailHawks Elite Technique supplemental training program for the dedicated youth soccer player that wants to supplement his or her current club training. The program's curriculum will be uniquely patterned upon the most successful professional youth academy programs worldwide with a focus on breaking down fundamental techniques and mastering them to become a "complete" player. The curriculum has been developed by the RailHawks technical staff based on decades of direct youth academy and professional experience in Europe and the U.S.
"Starting at age eight, I trained at the Southampton Academy in England and learned first hand the skills needed to master the game and build a professional soccer career," said Sam Stockley, Director of RailHawks Elite Technique and current Carolina RailHawks player. "I am excited to apply this knowledge and professional experience to help further develop the area's top players."
RailHawks Elite Technique is a 40-week program for boys and girls ages 7-16 that is split into two, 10-week Fall sessions running from early August through mid December and two, 10-week Spring sessions running from early February through mid June. Training sessions will be held once per week on the world-class grass fields at WakeMed Soccer Park and led by Sam Stockley and other RailHawks professional coaching staff.
"Over the past couple of years, we have received repeated requests from youth soccer players and their parents for the RailHawks to offer a more extensive weekly training program that is targeted at the higher-level soccer player. Elite Technique isn't a new soccer club - there are already great clubs in the area. Our goal is to offer a program that provides specialized training to dedicated soccer players that supplements their current club training," said RailHawks Senior Vice President, Peter Sciandra.
Interested players must attend a Player Evaluation Event to determine their readiness and acceptance into the Elite Technique program. Player Evaluation Events are scheduled for Sunday, 5/5, Sunday, 5/12 and Sunday, 5/19. Players must register for their age-appropriate Player Evaluation Event online at CarolinaRailHawks.com/EliteTechnique by no later than Wednesday, May 1.