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The Opportunity of a Lifetime

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This past Thanksgiving, Matthew Anderson ('01B Ajax) was invited to travel to Glasgow, Scotland to train with our international partner, Celtic FC. Anderson earned the invitation to train at Celtic based on his performance at Celtic's Summer Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He was one of three players from the U.S. to travel to Scotland. 

While in Scotland, Anderson trained with the Celtic Academy. Anderson said, "The trainings are about the same, at least where I come from, but they're a lot quicker and they expect a lot more out of you, which I think contributes to the success of Celtic."

"The experience of traveling internationally by myself while maintaining a high level of play overseas was incredible," says Anderson. He gives credit to the Elkhorn Soccer Club and Coach Nedim Hasanbegovic for developing him into the soccer player and person he is today.  "Although I have worked hard for this opportunity, it would not be possible for me to succeed without the support of my teammates and coaches."

"What I'll remember most about being here is playing with some great guys and being part of an academy that's awesome and a club that's world class."  If Anderson could describe the experience in Glasgow with one word, it would be "adventure."

We are so proud of how Matt represented our club in Scotland! 

"The World's Game, Helping the World's People"

Elkhorn Soccer Club (ESC) has been introduced to a local nonprofit in Omaha called Football for the World Foundation (FFTW), as ESC coach, Emily Michaels, is the Development and Event Coordinator for the organization. 

FFTW's mission is to improve the quality of life for children through the game of football. By using the game as a tool, FFTW is able to equip, educate, excel and empower children on and off the field through its flagship programs which include Equipment, Environment, and Development. They collect and ship donated football equipment, conduct pitch renovations, and provide programming to communities locally and abroad. This falls in line with their vision of a world where all children have access to food, education and sport. FFTW believes that sport can influence a child's life to overcome their circumstances by teaching lessons such as confidence, teamwork, perseverance, etc.

On January 2, 2018, Michaels and a group of eight volunteers traveled to Kingston, Jamaica - the organization's fourth trip to Kingston - where they spent a week training with local teams and donating equipment. FFTW has a partner on the ground in Kingston, the Game of Life Foundation (GOL), whose mission is similar to that of FFTW's, but they work exclusively on a local level in Jamaica.

This year the FFTW team partnered with GOL at their second annual GOL Charity Games. The charity games raised money to support programming in local Kingston schools and football programs. The day's events consisted of youth matches, a women's match where Michaels and the FFTW women got to play alongside current & former members of the Jamaican Women's National Team, and two men's matches with professional players hailing from MLS, USL and EPL teams. 

FFTW-USA President, Monica Bosiljevac, has led all four trips to Kingston and said, "I am extremely proud of how this group worked together throughout the week. At FFTW, we talk about teamwork, respect, communication..all the things you learn through soccer. This group truly demonstrated these skill sets with each other." 

Overseas professional player, Mayme Conroy, made her FFTW debut this year. " The conditions and facilities that were available to the kids playing football were nothing compared to what we are so fortunate to have," said Conroy. "But that didn't stop them from playing!," she added. Conroy says she left feeling very blessed and learned a lot from the children, including skills she's never seen before!

In total, the Jamaica team was able to donate over 300 jerseys and 100 pairs of cleats that will benefit the young footballers of Jamaica.  Our club's eyes have been opened to the impact of the FFTW team and we even started contributing to the cause this past fall with equipment donations. 

If you would like to get involved through gear donation or volunteer opportunities, please contact Emily Michaels at emily@footballfortheworld.org.

Hive Spring Registration is Open

7U-10U will begin practices the week of March 26
4U-6U optional "First Skills" practices will begin Wednesday, April 4

All Hive Academy games will begin the weekend of April 6-8

Online Registration will close March 26. 
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Elkhorn SC Sponsors for 2017-2018
Platinum Sponsor
OrthoNebraska -  www.neorthohospital.com

OrthoNebraska is the official Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine provider to the Elkhorn Soccer Club.

Silver Sponsor
Arbor Bank - www.arborbanking.com

Bronze Sponsors
Coerver Coaching - www.coervergps.com  
Husker Hammer - www.HuskerHammer.com  

Interested in sponsoring ESC? Check out our new sponsorship program.
Near Post - Approa ching Events 

January 31 & Feb 7, 21, 28 -  "High 5" at ETC from 4-5 p.m. (Register here)
January 26 - A.D.O Online Spring Registration Closes
January 28 - February 25th - GK & Finishing Academy sessions (Sunday evenings)
February 26 - Hive Academy Online Spring Registration Closes

Far Post - Upcoming Events 

You can view all of our events by clicking on the "Events" tab at www.elkhornsoccer.org

March 10 - ESC Coaches Gathering
March 12  A.D.O. spring practices begin
March 26  - 7U-10U spring practices begin
April 4  - 4U-6U spring practices begin
April 6-8 - All Hive Spring games begin
June 12-14 -  08-06's Tryouts (Make-up June 15)
June 26-28 - 05-00's Tryouts (Make-up June 29)
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