FREE SOCCER and RUGBY CLINIC
Location: Lafreniere Park - Field 1
Wednesday February 17
10AM - 11:30AM
LOUISIANA FIRE SC and NOLA Gold Rugby are hosting a FREE SOCCER and RUGBY Clinic for interested multi-sport athletes.
Camp will focus on technical skills for soccer and rugby.
All rugby activity will be non-contact flag-rugby similar to flag football.
All activities will be in accordance with safe social distancing practices.
Camp participants should wear protective masks when entering the facility and during all water breaks. Masks are not required when soccer and rugby activities are taking place.
Camp begins at 10:00 AM at Lafreniere Park - Field 1 soccer field.
Camp has a maximum capacity of 90 athletes.
Louisiana Fire Soccer Club and NOLA Gold Rugby Join Forces with Multi-sport Clinics for Jefferson Parish
As today’s young athletes seek new and interesting challenges, Louisiana Fire Soccer Club and NOLA Gold Rugby are partnering to offer unique opportunities for multi-sport athletes in the Greater New Orleans area.
Louisiana Fire SC and NOLA Gold will co-host a series of free youth soccer/rugby clinic at the Shrine on Airline (Gold Mine on Airline) over the next year, with the first clinic taking place over Mardi Gras week.
In 1973, NOLA Gold originally began as New Orleans Rugby Football Club (NORFC). Today, NOLA Gold are a stand-out for U.S. rugby in the Deep South, creating an outstanding example both on and off the pitch, while competing at the top level of rugby in America - Major League Rugby. Playing their home games at the Shrine on Airline in Jefferson Parish, NOLA Gold are the official rugby partners of Jefferson Parish Recreation Department.
Soccer’s history in the Greater New Orleans area was forever changed with the forming of Louisiana Fire Soccer Club in 2009, when 3 of the most successful youth soccer clubs in the state came together in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Stronger together, Louisiana Fire SC has built a nationally recognized brand, with teams competing for regional and national trophies, and promoting players into MLS academies like Atlanta United and Houston Dynamo.
Louisiana Fire Executive Director of Coaching, Hubie Collins, remembers the training benefits of playing both Rugby and Soccer every week growing up in Ireland.
“In Tullamore Ireland where I grew up, we practiced and played Rugby and Soccer after middle school…although we call it football.” Collins recalls. “The movements I needed for Rugby made me a better Soccer player, while the movements I needed for Soccer made me a better Rugby player. Playing multiple sports in my early youth enhanced my overall athletic development and grew my appreciation for both sports.”
"NOLA Gold are excited to team up with Louisiana Fire to provide this unique opportunity for young athletes in the Greater New Orleans area. These free clinics will be a great way for many new players to be introduced to and learn about each game, while we are on the lookout for the next generation of New Orleans talent for both Rugby and Soccer,” says NOLA Gold Rugby Owner and co-founder Tim Falcon. Mr. Falcon has been the biggest patron for Louisiana Rugby, coaching and developing high school and youth teams, as well as hosting two professional teams from England for an exhibition match here in New Orleans in 2000.
With the Free Clinics, both sporting clubs hope to give back to the community by teaching young athletes the skills needed for Soccer and Rugby collectively. Youth athletes ages 8 through 14 are invited to the Shrine on Airline Wednesday February 17th from 10am to 11:30am . Interested participants can go online and register at http://www.lafiresoccer.com/goldclinic
The partnership between Louisiana Fire and NOLA Gold will extend beyond the multi-sport camps and clinics for young athletes. Utilizing the Shrine on Airline, Louisiana Fire and NOLA Gold are planning to host professional soccer matches with proceeds given back to youth sports community programming.