Every year, Saipan Soccer School offers various activities and programs for CNMI children, introducing them to the sport of soccer and, at the same time, instilling in them the values of teamwork, discipline, and having an active and healthy lifestyle.
Just a few months ago, Saipan Soccer School had over 150 children in the U6, U8, and U10 age groups joining its annual summer camp.
For more than a month, these children learned the basics of soccer and basketball, found new friends, and worked with their teammates.
Instead of spending their summer vacation at home watching TV or playing with their gadgets, they were up and running at the TSL Sports Complex, kicking and dribbling balls.
You can see from the participants’ faces how they enjoyed the activities, as they followed instructions from the coaches, watched and eagerly waited for their turns to play, and exchanged high-fives with their teammates when they scored a goal or a basket.
From the sidelines, their parents cheered from them, amazed at how their kids picked up skills in just a short time.
On several occasions, when their children were done with the activities or during break, the doting parents were quick to give food and water to their children or changed their soaked clothes. While doing these, parents were either giving praise to their children or encouraging them to play better.
At the end of the summer camp, all the participants received certification of completion and gift packages from Saipan Soccer School. Their proud parents then watched as their children were awarded with medals for an outstanding performance during the camp. Both parents and their children promised to be back for next year’s camp.
Aside from the summer camp, Saipan Soccer School also hosts futsal tournaments during Christmas holidays and visits schools to donate sports equipment and teach young students the basics of soccer.
Its futsal league caters to players in the U12 and U16 age groups and again provides children a fun and learning activity just in time when other tournaments on island are on a break.
As for its outreach program involving schools, Saipan Soccer School, in partnership with Northern Mariana Islands Football Association, believes that one of the best ways to get its grassroots program rolling is to go to schools.
Each visit by Saipan Soccer School coaches and officials is well received by students and their teachers, with the latter using the donated equipment and basic knowledge they gained from the visitors to conduct after-school activities for the students.
At the national level, Saipan Soccer School partners with NMIFA in providing support to CNMI national youth and adult teams. Through its collaboration with the well-known Chelsea FC Soccer School (Hong Kong), Saipan Soccer School helps bring top caliber coaches to Saipan to assist in training our national teams.