OGDEN -- The Weber State University women's soccer team recently put on a grassroots clinic for the Ogden AYSO Region 351. The youth clinic was held on May 11 at Mount Ogden Park, with the Wildcats' players and coaching staff working with numerous area youths.
"The WSU/AYSO clinic was a huge success," said Robin McCual, commissioner of AYSO Region 351. "The kids had a blast working with the WSU teams. They learned great skills and had fun doing it. Parents appreciated the opportunity to have their kids work out with college level players. It was a win-win for everyone involved."
The Ogden AYSO region is comprised of more than 700 youths from the Ogden area.
"I love working with the kids because I don't have any younger siblings and think that it's a lot of fun," said Weber State sophomore defender Shaylee Petersen. "I especially enjoy watching how, in just a short time, they can make a huge improvement on their basic skills. It's also cool because we were that age once learning the basics, and now we're playing in college. Someone had to show us those skills when we were that age, and now we get to pass it along. I especially liked being there with my teammates. We had a good time together."
Both Weber State coach Tim Crompton and McCual hope to continue the program in the fall and beyond.
"Our program has a history of recruiting and developing local players, and the youth programs in our community are an important part of our sport," Crompton said. "Our players were once just like these young kids and they really enjoyed spending time with them. Our players enjoy any environment in which they can give back to the community, whether it be a youth clinic, boys and girls club, or volunteering to help with the Ogden Marathon and Ogden Rescue Mission. I believe, and I know the girls agree, that it is important for our players to look outside themselves every chance they get. These types of events allow them to do just that."