Soccer Saturdays Begin

Today Soren shared that it was one of the best days ever – why?  Because he started the football academy.   We looked at putting him into a different team nearby and also onto a team straight away but think this was the best decision…   he arrived in his Liverpool football kit ready to go (clearly a few other kids did too!)   But before you judge, certain kids who don’t look like they will play well, actually did!!

They broke the kids into two groups (by age – thankfully) and did some drills to start and then played a mini game.  At first Soren jumped into play as the goalkeeper, but thankfully that was a short-lived position, as he is better out on the field – and sure enough he scored, two of the three goals.

As expected some of the kids were hacking at the ball and the coach had to blow the whistle several times telling them to back up and no passing whatsoever, so all that will be taught this season.  He’ll gain so much more confidence as a player.  I saw him with three other boys (around 8 & 9)1 at the playground the other day and they were firing the ball and just dominating.  I know he’ll get there soon but would rather he has fun playing and learning than to hate it due to injury or lack of ability.

Here are some photos – I didn’t want to take real photos, so these are all from Nils’ iphone.



We’ve since picked him up some football boots and he’s ready to play next week – talked about it a few times today!

So now every Saturday from 12-1:30 pm, we’re booked.  Can’t wait to see how he progresses.

Here he was in March 2011 when he first played at an indoor area in Beverly – dressed as Messi.  I LOVE the videos too – so young and sweet.

British Soccer Camp is August 2012 and Beverly Youth Soccer very cute – both just before we moved to the UK.

UPDATE:  As of now, Dec 2nd, he’s loving it and has also added GAA to his sports roster!

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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