Registration Underway For July 18-22 Soccer Camp

Challenger Sports coaches Shea Cooke, left, and Míchѐal Malocco from Belfast in Northern Ireland are teaching soccer camp, sponsored by The Family Y, this summer at Urban Park. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Coach Míchѐal Malocco works with a soccer camp participant Wednesday at Urban Park. Photo by Jenn Bartram/


Registration is underway for the July 18-22 soccer camp sponsored by The Family Y.

Challenger Sports coaches Shea Cooke, 18, and Míchѐal Malocco, 19, from Belfast in Northern Ireland, are coaching the Los Alamos soccer camps. They are two of 45 coaches Challenger Sports recently sent to the Denver Region, which includes New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Of those 45 coaches, 10 are from Ireland, 10 from Scotland and 25 from the United Kingdom. Approximately 400 Challenger Sports coaches teach across the United States.

Malocco arrived May 5 in the U.S. and has coached in Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New Mexico. Cooke arrived June 5and has coached in Colorado and now New Mexico.

The first soccer camp in Los Alamos ran June 13-17. The youngest team is comprised of 10 participants, 4 to 8 years old. The older team has 11 participants, 9 to 13 years old.

Cooke and Malocco commented during Wednesday’s camp, “how well behaved and technically advanced the participants are in their training.”

The coaches will return to Ireland at the end of the summer, Cooke to work toward coaching a professional soccer team and Malocco to attend college to study exercise, sports and enterprise.

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Coach Shea Cooke works with soccer camp participants Wednesday at Urban Park. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Coaches Shea Cooke and Míchѐal Malocco demonstrate various techniques during soccer camp Wednesday at Urban Park. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

A participant takes a break during soccer camp Wednesday at Urban Park. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

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