BERNIE FAGAN SOCCER CELEBRATES 30-‐YEAR COACHING LEGACY
Former Portland Timber, Current Warner Pacific Coach Announces Dates of Annual Summer Camps
Bernie Fagan, who began coaching soccer in 1983 after a 16-‐year professional career, this month celebrates 30 years coaching youth players throughout Oregon. Today, Bernie Fagan Soccer continues this legacy with the release of its summer schedule of camps for recreational players, ages 5-‐12, and competitive players, ages 10-‐14. The camps for boys and girls take place throughout Portland and are coached by Fagan, as well as professional players, distinguished local coaches, and players from his collegiate men's program at Warner Pacific College in Southeast Portland.
"Many things have changed in the 30 years since I first began coaching," explains Fagan, "but the one thing that remains the same is my dedication to providing quality soccer experiences for young players. I invite everyone to come out this summer for a week of camp you'll never forget!"
Fagan was born in raised in England, where he played professionally for his hometown club, Sunderland AFC, and later for Northampton Town and Scarborough. After eight years in the U.S., the Portland Timbers defender turned to coaching when the team folded in 1982. Alongside Clive Charles, the late former University of Portland and U.S. Women's Soccer coach, the then 33-‐year-‐old Fagan began summer camps to develop youth players. First called Fred Meyer Soccer Camps, the popular summer series became Bernie Fagan Soccer Camps in 1986. In 1997, Fagan began Oregon Soccer Academy, a premier youth club that focuses on soccer skills and personal development.
Since the beginning of Bernie Fagan Soccer Camps, Fagan has hand-‐selected every coach, drawing on a skilled pool of fellow professionals, collegiate talent and coaches from OSA. Numerous campers return again and again, transitioning from player to coach over several years. Bernie Fagan Soccer Camps are open to players of every level from any organization and offer a nurturing, fun-‐filled environment.
States Matt Atencio, international player and coach: "Bernie Fagan is a great coach who can teach the game of soccer to youth from all backgrounds and abilities. Not only does he teach the necessary techniques and tactics, but he also provides that human touch that is often missing from other soccer camps. He and his wife, Susan, really get to know the campers and their families personally; it is no surprise that we have seen so many participants come back year after year. I am sure that all of these campers have been profoundly influenced in positive ways by Bernie Fagan Soccer Camps."
To address the varying needs of youth players, Bernie Fagan Soccer offers two options: a Recreational Camp, ideal for beginner to intermediate level players looking to learn new skills in a fun environment, and Competitive Camp, designed for intermediate to advanced level players with advanced drills centered on individual skill development and tactical awareness. For more information, families are invited to contact 503.284.4951 or Bernie@BernieFaganSoccer.com
Competitive Camp $165/M-TH, 10am-3pm
Designed for the Classic level player with specialized training in technique and tactical development. Ages: 10-14 years old.
June 17-20, July 22-25, July 8-11, August 5-8
All camps take place at Grant Park in NE Portland. Early registration is recommended - space is limited.
Recreational Camp $185/M-F, 10am-3pm
Designed for kids who love to have a good time playing soccer! Ages: 5-12 years old, beginner to intermediate.
June 17-21 - Grant Park, NE Portland
June 24-28 - Forest Park School, Forest Heights
July 8-12 - Grant Park, NE Portland
July 15-19 - Westmoreland Park, SE Portland
July 22-26 - Grant Park, NE Portland
July 29-Aug 2 - Wallace Park, NW Portland
Aug 5-9 - Grant Park, NE Portland
Aug 12-16 - Forest Park School, Forest Heights
Early registration is recommended - space is limited.
Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp
Challenger Sports Brisish Soccer will be running a Forest Heights week-long soccer camp for all players this summer during the week of June 17-21st for boys and girls aged 3 - 14 years old. Professional British coaches will work with our players to help develop foot skills and core skills and techniques in the game to improve ball control, 1v1's, passing and shooting and defending. Over 125,000 children experienced this camp last year in the USA. All kids get a free ball and t-shirt, player evaluation and soccer poster and by signing up on-line before April 26th every player will get a FREE British Soccer Jersey! Sign up on line by visiting:
FHSC appoints a new President
David Fagan has been appointed the new President of Forest Heights Soccer Club. David has two children who play at the club and is a soccer enthusiast himself. David previously served as the club's Registrar and was part of the team that helped bring the turf field from "hope" to "reality".
Spring Season Registration set to open in February
FHSC offers a Spring season that runs in April and May. There are seven games that will be scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays over the two months at various fields in the Portland area including Forest Park Elementary. 1st through 5th grade teams are eligible to enroll. No practices will be held during the Spring...it's 'turn up and play'! Enrollment cost will be $50 per member. An email with complete information will be sent to Fall 2012 members towards the end of January.
David Fagan is the FHSC Club president. You can contact him via email at davidgfagan (at) yahoo (dot) com. Merrick Smith is now Past President and is available at merrick_fhsc (at) yahoo (dot) com. Sorry for the un-clickable email links, but it really does help keep the spam down.
Forest Heights Soccer Club uniforms are available at Tursi's Soccer Supply at 3122 SW 87th Ave., Portland OR, 97225, just off Canyon Road.