If you passed by the field at Gantry State Park last week, you may have thought you were witnessing tryouts for the Manchester United junior team. Laid out on a 50 x 30 yard section were all sorts of cones, flags, and doodads, and kids of varying ages being put through soccer drills by a lean, good-looking, personable instructor with a strong island(not Long Island) lilt. His name is Trevor Daniel, and for one week only he held a free soccer camp in Gantry. His sponsors, Tony and Diane Jules, facilitated the funding of the camp, and Trevor donated his time, in the hopes that it would be the seed for continued classes, camps, and programs for the kids of LIC. I happened by the camp mid-week and spent about an hour observing Trevor work and train the kids. His enthusiasm for the game itself is only exceeded by that of teaching it to others. He’s knowledgeable about what works and is excellent at engaging the kids and keeping them focused. A herculean task, as any parent knows. While there are other youth sports programs available in LIC, this one is definitely a cut above. If you have a child between the ages of 3-8 years old, I highly recommend you get on the mailing list of Kick it LIC, both for your child’s sake, and so we can keep this treasure here. Who knows, today Gantry State Park, tomorrow maybe Old Trafford or Wembley?
For all those parents who had a positive experience at the camp, please feel free to provide your testimonials in the comments section. It would help to spur others to get involved and bring Trevor to LIC.
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