This past weekend the Papillion Soccer Club wrapped its fall season for girls ages 5 & 6. The season runs eight weeks from the end of August to the end of October where eight teams consisting of 64 girls compete on soccer fields adjacent to the Papillion Park located near Washington & Lincoln streets in Papillion. The teams have volunteer parent coaches who instruct the young players on the fundamentals of the techniques, skills and rules. The players also learn important life skills such as team work and sportsmanship.
Greg Coyle of Papillion, who’s been coaching soccer for 10 years, was the coach of the Puma’s and is an avid fan of the sport. He enjoys coaching because he loves the game and working with children to teach them about soccer. Coyle commented that “children learn best through praise and positive coaching.”
Coaching young players, many who have never played before, presents a unique challenge, one that Coyle enjoys taking a shot at. During practices he wants the kids to have as many touches with the ball as they can and involves them in fun games that utilize the skills being taught for that particular practice session.
This season Coyle had his 6-year-old daughter McKenzie on the team. He said he is very proud of this team and what they accomplished in only playing for one season together. “It has been impressive to see how quickly they have learned the game and developed their skills” Coyle commented. He continued by saying, “They cheer each other on and celebrate on another’s successes.”
When asked how important is being involved in soccer, or any sport, for grade-school aged kids, Coyle stated that sports are a great teacher by teaching many important skills, physical and mental, that children will use throughout their lives; “teamwork, competition, drive, overcoming obstacles and challenges, health and fitness, dedication, humility, community, friendship, compassion, the list goes on.”
Coyle stated that his is truly blessed with the opportunity to coach the Puma’s this year and enjoyed the outstanding parent support. He said that being involved in the community is what’s important to him and he is looking forward to coaching another team with the Papillion Soccer Club.