SUMMARY BY COACH SCOTTY
Velocity U11 Boys were given the opportunity to play in the Wilson Summer Explosion. This was a chance for me as a coach to get the players out of their comfort zone. For the majority of the players on the team it was their first time on the 9v9 field. This was a big transition for the team from the academy 7v7 last season.
I wanted for the team to get the feel of what it is like on the bigger field, different formations, bigger goals etc. We also have a couple of new faces join the group who are new to Velocity, so it was also a chance to get the boys playing together as a new group. I was so impressed with how every player represented Velocity over the full weekend.
It was great to see them on the field, having fun, playing some great soccer whilst wearing the Velocity badge on their chest. The success this weekend was fully deserved, and hopefully the first cup win of many. The boys showed fantastic attitude, skill and most importantly willingness to learn throughout the two days.
Although it is early days, and early in the season, the performances of the players this weekend were great, considering we hadn't even started our regular practices yet! This is a starting point and we will only get better and continue to improve. We have a long way to go to get the boys playing at the level they are capable of, but with a lot of work and concentration in practice we can sure reach the potential. With a tough game in Clinton this week, the team looks forward to the start of the regular season competing in the Carolina Champions League.