FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2013
Town Hosts A.C. Milan Junior Soccer Camp at Tully Park
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New Hyde Park, NY – Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town Board recently welcomed the Italian Soccer Training Exchange Program’s (ISTEP) Milan Junior Camp to North Hempstead’s Michael J. Tully Park.
Conducted by UEFA—(Union of European Football Association) and AC Milan Youth-certified trainers, the ISTEP junior camp gives young soccer players the opportunity to polish their ball-handling expertise and enhance the development of their individual motor skills.
The sold-out camp which accommodated 94 boys and girls between the ages of 9-14, ran from June 23 through June 29. It was the first Milan Junior Camp to be held on Long Island. Ten of the camp’s participants will be continuing their training for two weeks in Italy.
“It is exciting for our young athletes in the Town of North Hempstead to be able to learn from great trainers like those certified by AC Milan, at a Town facility, right in their own backyard,” Supervisor Kaiman said. “The Town’s collaboration with ISTEP’s Junior Camp created an exceptional educational and athletic experience for all.”
Helen Achury of Westbury, whose son Rafael attended the week-long camp, said, “My son had the opportunity to learn from some of the best professional Italian soccer players and trainers. I think he could have trained there all summer. It was a great experience and he can’t wait to attend next year.”
The goal of ISTEP is to foster the development of US youth soccer players—starting on Long Island—and establish a player exchange program for Italian and American youth players.
From left, ISTEP Training Staff, Erica Gentilucci, David Martinez, Fidelis Idoko, Robert Lewis, Marco Bevilacqua, Massimo Agostini, Alfredo Vergori, Simone Baldo, Angelo Porracchio, Filippo Giovagnoli, Fabio Trincipalli, and Marc Hatam with North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, 5th from left.