West Alabama Hosts Nationally Recognized Youth Soccer Camp

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III
There are only 24 cities in America on the "No. 1 Soccer Camps" tour, and one of them is Livingston, Alabama.

West Alabama Women's Soccer Coach Graeme Orr and Assistant Coach Hollie Loud at the No. 1 Soccer Camp in Livingston.

Since 1977, the "No 1 Soccer Camps" program has been traveling across the United States, attracting talented young athletes to different cities to help them sharpen their skills as Soccer Players. This year, there are just 24 cities on the tour, and one of them is Livingston, Alabama.

Heavy rain forced part of the camp into the Hughes Recreational Center on the campus of the University of West Alabama while goalkeepers went through drills outside. Head Women's Soccer Coach Graeme Orr and Assistant Coach Hollie Loud hosted roughly 40 young men and women from as far away as California, Colorado and Texas for the three-day camp that's been starting at 7:00 A.M. and ending at 9:00 P.M.

Nine-year-old Trace Arthur came to the camp from Madison, Mississippi.

"Well my Dad went when he was a kid, and I'm at the age when you can start coming," said Arthur. "He was like, 'You want to go?' and I was just like, 'Sure. Why not?'"

"It's been a great fun camp, and you know, hopefully, we can continue to grow it," said Coach Orr. "And the biggest thing of all is getting exposure to the University of West Alabama."

Orr said he's been part of the camp since he came to the United States from Scotland ten years ago and has a long-standing relationship with its founder, Dr. Joseph Machnik.

Orr calls it a great environment for kids to get better in all phases of the game.


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