CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 28, 2013) – Top players from the NorCal Premier League, Oregon Premier League and Washington State Premier League will gather July 24-26 at U.S. Cellular Park in Medford, Ore., for an NPL Northwest Training Camp.
The event will include approximately 50 to 60 boys born in 2000 and 50 to 60 girls born in 1999 participating in training sessions and friendlies independently arranged by NPL clubs as an additional training and development opportunity for top players in their leagues.
“It is an honor for the Oregon Premier League to host the first NPL Northwest Training Camp,” said Tom Atencio, a member of the US Club Soccer and OPL Board of Directors. “We are happy to welcome NorCal and the Washington State Premier League. The inaugural camp will feature one age group for each gender, but we plan to expand to multiple female and male age groups in 2014.”
The inaugural NPL Northwest Training camp offers top players from San Jose to Seattle the opportunity to take the next big step in their development. These league players are drawn from respective academy and PDP player pools. They will play two competitive matches, train three times and meet for two evening lectures over three days.
NorCal’s Benjamin Ziemer and Paolo Bonomo, WSPL’s Stanley Holmes and Jimmy Ball, and OPL’s Atencio and Mike dePinna will lead the event’s technical staff.
“NorCal Premier has been waiting a long time for this type of event,” said Bonomo, NorCal’s Technical Director. “We are very excited to play top players from other NPLs. We hope this is just the beginning of expanding these training camps. In the future, we hope more NPLs will join this camp.”
US Club Soccer Executive Vice President Christian Lavers says the NPL Northwest Training Camp is another example of US Club supporting new player development opportunities.
“US Club Soccer is always supportive of new initiatives that are created through club cooperation and in the interests of player development,” Lavers said. “The NPL Northwest Training Camp should provide a good experience and opportunity for these young players.”
Ziemer, also an assistant coach of the U.S. U-14 Boys National Team and id2 Staff Coach, will be scouting boys born in 2000 for U.S. Soccer National Team programming as well as upcoming id2 Training Camps. US Club Soccer scouts will be recommending additional Northwest-area players to join the NPL group in Medford based on recent scouting at National Cup XII Regionals.