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SCV soccer camp scores goal in city parks program

Posted: August 8, 2014 6:16 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2014 6:16 p.m.

Young soccer players take their warm-up job around the field at the Kidz Love Soccer summer camp at Valencia Glen Park this week. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze

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Coach Carlos Bedolla arrived at 7:30 a.m. to set up cones and flags at Valencia Glen Park. On day four of the Kidz Love Soccer summer camp, he was worried that some kids would beat him to the park — again.

The week-long camp, sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita Department of Parks and Recreation, is in its fourth year of its half-day format, and going strong.

“This is one of the best turnouts I can remember,” said Linda Cameron, who works with Santa Clarita to coordinate contract classes for the city’s the “Seasons” program.

Bedolla called this week’s high camp turnout “the World Cup bounce,” citing the recent international soccer competition as the reason for the high turnout. Twenty-six campers were registered this year.

The camp is part of a year-round program run by Kidz Love Soccer, a 30-year-old nonprofit that organizes soccer classes and camps for kids throughout California, Oregon and Washington. The summer camps welcome kids ages 12 and under, but the fall, winter and spring programs cater to ages 10 and under.

As campers trickled in, Bedolla passed out blue-and-white striped jerseys, styled after the 2014 World Cup second-place team Argentina.

“The one before was Brazil, so we got it wrong twice,” Bedolla said as he shrugged.

But the kids didn’t care. They ripped open the plastic packages and pulled the jerseys on over their heads before they headed out for a warm-up.

“The kids seem to really like it,” Cameron said.

Bedolla agreed.

“Every day they get a little more intense,” he said.

 

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