Kaya FC Academy Updates: June 30–July 6

Elite

What a fantastic end to the UFL Youth season!

U9s produced their best display of the season, dismantling Agila, 7–3, in the final, courtesy of goals from Mikael Celdran (3), Enzo Courbet (2), Matteo Celdran, and Luis Sandejas. The win secured a third place finish, with their sole loss of the season being against eventual winners, Xavier. I would also like to congratulate all the Xavier boys who train with us who were part of an excellent team and we look forward to playing with you (not against us) soon!

U17 girls won the plate, beating Nomads, 5–2, from Nica Sy (2), Sophia Villa, Ena Hill, and Anna Hegenscheidt to claim a huge victory for the girls. Nomads have traditionally been considered a powerhouse in girls soccer and to get the win in such convincing fashion is a testament to the hard work Coach Drew and the girls have put in over the past year.

U17s continued their dominance of this age group, beating last year’s runner-up, Agila, on penalties. Dan O’Reilly, Noc Cruz, and Jed Poe all scored during a pulsating game, and ran out eventual winners on penalties when GK Javi saved 4 penalties in the shoot-out en route to MVP honors. Well done Coach Mike, Inaki, Diego, all the PT’s and staff who made the win possible!

Tomorrow, all Elite players can pick up their Coach’s evaluations from me.

Schedule

We have a few changes to the schedule this week, with Futsal at Forbes on Fridays and McKinley Hill opening again on Sunday’s. The schedule for this week is as follows:

  • Monday: Rockwell, Manansala building (4–5 p.m., kindersoccer only) and Elite training @ BGC (4–5:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday: Cuenca (4–5:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday: BGC (4–5:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday: Cuenca (4–5:30 p.m.)
  • Friday: Futsal @ North Forbes Village (4–5:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday: BGC (10–11:30 a.m.)
  • Sunday: Emperador Stadium, McKinley Hill (8–9:30 a.m.)

Note: All programs are open to all ages (boys & girls) apart from Monday kindersoccer at Rockwell. Futsal at North Forbes Village and Sunday session at McKinley Hill is also open to kindersoccer players. Also this Monday Elite session will be the last “formal” session of this summer season.

As stated in previous emails, all players from the Elite teams and those wishing to be considered for the Elite teams which will feature in upcoming competitions and tournaments should attend the Sunday sessions alongside our regular academy sessions. The Sunday sessions will continue with the same “technical & gameplay” format which we imposed prior to the UFL Youth season. This session is open to all players, but we do expect Elite players to train on this day to continue to build on the teams which were built this summer.

Pick-Up

This is the one negative for the week as it is becoming a problem at our sessions with parents being late to pick up their kids. Please pick up your kids on time. Last week, a coach had to miss his next session to wait for a child who was picked up over an hour late. We all have busy schedules, but please respect the coaches and pick up your kids on time. Training is 1 hour and 30 minutes long—we extend our sessions to give the kids more time to play. Please do not abuse this and show up after the time slot has finished.

I think that is all for now. As we move into July, I want to thank you all for a wonderful summer season, and I look forward to working with you all as we move into the second half of the year.

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