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TOPSoccer Coaching Course to Be Held in Poughkeepsie on April 15

By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
April 1, 2013-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and LaGrange Soccer Club of the East Hudson Youth Soccer League are very pleased to announce a TOPSoccer Coaching Education Certificate Course on April 15 in Poughkeepsie. TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for Special Children and is organized by youth soccer volunteers.
Kids with physical or mental challenges playing soccer in an organized league actually started in Eastern New York in 1979 at a time when Special Children playing sports was not as accepted as it is today.
The TOPSoccer Coaching Education Certificate Course guides both the novice and experienced soccer coach in providing a fun learning experience for Special Children. Player characteristics, the qualities of a good coach, how to utilize a TOPSoccer Buddy and modern coaching methods will be discussed.
"The class will help coaches become aware of all the different types of Special Children that there are," commented LaGrange Soccer Club Director of Coaching Kieran McIlvenny.
Three hours of theory and one hour of practical training make up the course. All coaches must be at least 18 years old, be dressed for physical activity and should bring an inflated soccer ball plus pen and paper. The cost is $50 per coach.
The class takes place on Monday night, April 15 from 6 to 10 pm at The Net at Gold’s Gym, 258 Titusville Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.
For more information, please contact Eastern New York at 888-5-ENYYSA or Kieran McIlvenny at 914-456-2640 or
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 12 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.



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