While the fields at the River Soccer Complex in Frankford may be empty now, in a few short weeks they’ll be brimming with plenty of soccer action as the River Soccer Club runs and kicks its way into another fall season.
New additions to the club this year will include two four-week sessions for the “U5 Hoppers” clinic, and the “U6 Kickers” clinic, designed to teach younger players the game and develop skills.
The recreational program goes up through U14 for both boys and girls, with games played on Saturdays for eight weeks starting Saturday, Sept. 10.
Registration costs vary depending on age, but the club is designed to be affordable and accommodating for local youths, with jerseys, shorts and socks included for players in the U8 through U14 divisions, and a T-shirt for the Hoppers and Kickers clinics.
“River goes to great lengths to make the game of soccer affordable for the kids in our community,” said River Soccer Director of Coaching and Indian River High School head coach Steve Kilby.
“I think the game of soccer and the way River approaches it gives kids an opportunity to, one, build their confidence; two, to, obviously, have fun; but the other factor is so many of our kids give back. So many of our competitive players stay after their Saturday morning practice and help coach the kids, run teams, referee. We’re helping these kids build confidence, but I believe we help them become better citizens as well.”
After celebrating its 20th anniversary this spring and starting out with three teams and 48 players, the club has grown to accommodate hundreds of players every season for not only recreational play but organized travel teams as well.
Many of those former players have found their way back as coaches or volunteers.
“The really impressive thing now is a large portion of our coaching staff are players that have passed through the club and gone on to play collegiately, and are now back to help coach,” Kilby said of some of the River alumni.
“I think our younger kids really see the passion that our coaches bring to the field. So many of our coaches are educators, so they do a great job with not just coaching but really teaching the game.”
As always, the club also features representative travel teams and the TOPSoccer Program for players with disabilities in the fall, and indoor leagues and camps throughout the year.
For more information on River Soccer, or to register, visit www.riversoccerclub.com. Recreational league registration is open online through Sunday, Aug. 21.