CANDACE METCALFE: A TRUE CONCRETE DISCIPLE…

By | 2014-05-27T09:47:48+00:00 May 27th, 2014|Soccer Stories|

“Meeting Darren Laver and learning a variety of akka skills unleashed a new dimension of her game in the cage and on the street.  A true concrete disciple...” Candace Metcalfe entered the US scene October 2004 and intermittently played soccer.  In early 2010 she had the opportunity to meet and play with Mia Hamm and from that moment Candace was inspired to become a professional soccer player. Known for her creativity, speed, tenacity, and passion, she was selected to the Florida Youth Soccer Olympic Development State Team in 2012, the US Club ID2 East Region Camp in 2013, and recently the US Youth Futsal Central ID in 2014.  Her pursuit for the highest of soccer led to the street of northwest Florida in early 2012 where she found a new love through Legendary Street Soccer on basketball courts, parking lots, and a ‘panna’ cage built by Kevin Metcalfe. Meeting Darren Laver and learning a variety of ‘akka’ skills unleashed a new dimension of her game in the cage and on the streets.  A true concrete disciple... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYyGW3F6XgI

THE LAUNCH OF THE CANADIAN SOCCER AKKADEMY

By | 2014-05-13T17:01:16+00:00 May 13th, 2014|Soccer Stories|

4th April 2014 became a incredible day in the diary, we launched Canadian Soccer Akkademy and what a way to launch. We had 185 participants; we had 22 volunteers and an incredible special guest in Darren Laver who not only has been an inspiration, an invaluable mentor but also a friend in the process. We held an adult Futsal tournament, a U16 tournament and various soccer clinics throughout the day. Our aim was not so much to promote CSA but more importantly Street Soccer in Canada! We went all out and didn't we get some incredible feedback throughout. The clinics were put together by Darren to introduce kids to a simple but effective way of thinking. We promoted skills, friendship, learning, creativity and most important good attitude. The event was not for profit and the response has been incredible. So incredible that we have been offered contracts with various organisations, we have been offered new and exciting programmes to lead and to top if off sponsors coming in from established brands, this is just the first time of showing what Street Soccer is all about. Teaching the kids about having good attitude and respect has been rewarded in a huge way and we really saw that the kids WANTED to show their attitude more than anything which was to be admired. Darren did a fantastic job in helping us launch and now we have foundations we plan to fully utilise all options. CSA is here, and we're ready to take [...]

DUKE SPORTS: AN ISSA LICENSEE SUCCESS STORY

By | 2014-05-08T13:43:27+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Soccer Stories|

[divider scroll_text=""] Freddie "Duke" Williams (Owner) I first came across the ISSA at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (England), I was instantly hooked once I saw the footwork and freedom of movement that the coaches demonstrated. I have since developed a close working partnership with the ISSA through their License package and have fully integrated the Street Soccer methods of training into my coaching company. Over the past 12 months we have delivered coaching courses in six of the local schools, delivered several events, 3 v 3 tournaments, we have competed against other licensees in the UK and developed a highly successful Street Soccer culture where participants come to express themselves on a weekly basis. The ISSA brings an innovative and fresh new way to coaching and developing individual technical attributes alongside supporting the development of a rounded individual, learning not only skills for soccer but more importantly learning the skills for life. I know that working alongside the ISSA has developed players personally and professionally and would encourage others to share the same experience. Freddie coaching at a schools session During 2012 I successfully ran six ISSA skills programs in six different schools, all of these school competed in six 3v3 tournaments. I ran eight street soccer events throughout the year using real life FIFA Street Characters provided by the ISSA which was an amazing experience for my community. Also I ran two ‘Play to learn soccer’ programmes for 4 – 6 year olds [...]