KNOTTSVILLE—Valley Soccer Academy, a very successful soccer association out of Fairmont, held their second annual youth camp at the McCauley Soccer Fields in Knottsville this past week.
Several players from the ages of 6-12 learned some very important skill development with the guidance of two of the sports’ more successful coaches and players in the area. Coordinating and running the camp this year were Tristan Wierbonski and Tanner Amos.
Wierbonski, who played at Morgantown High School and then collegiately at Davis & Elkins College, is a former head coach at East Fairmont High School and current assistant coach with the D&E program. He is also currently a coach for Empire FC. In addition to those duties, he is also a WV ODP (Olympic Development Program) coach for 7/8 girls.
“We are very excited to be back in Taylor County this summer,” said Wierbonski. “I’ve had the opportunity to direct this camp both times. The camp has been great so far. A lot of the campers are previous ones from last summer. We’ve had some great weather and couldn’t ask for a better scenario.”
Assisting Coach Wierbonski this year was Tanner Amos, who is no stranger to the game himself.
Amos attended Fairmont Senior High School and played club soccer for Empire FC (formerly Marion FC). He currently plays for West Virginia Wesleyan College and will be a junior this year. This is his second-year coaching camps and first at Taylor County.
“The kids are a great group who love the game of soccer as they show it each day,” Wierbonski added. “For us as coaches, we enjoy seeing that passion for the game and their eagerness to learn.”
Valley Soccer Academy offers different soccer camps in multiple locations throughout the summer. They also provide trainings in the winter as well.