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MAYSA prepares for free Saturday clinics

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By Nick Nunn staff writer

The Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA) is gearing up for a series of free soccer clinics to take place Saturdays in January, beginning Jan. 4. The clinics will take place at Heritage Park from 10 a.m. to noon. MAYSA is a non-profit organization formed in 2008 in order to promote the playing of soccer in the Madison area.

MAYSA offers a pre-academy program for soccer players eight years old and under, academy programs up to age 12, and recreation teams for ages 12 to 19. Dwane Peters’ son Michael joined MAYSA’s 11 and under team last season, and Peters credits MAYSA’s rigorous training with his son’s success on the team.

“My son Michael Peters has played soccer since he was three years old,” began Peters. “He joined MAYSA this fall not knowing really what to expect. I assumed that he would learn a few new moves. MAYSA exceeded all of my expectations; he learned something new at every practice. MAYSA has renewed his love for the game.”

The free Saturday clinics, which are set to begin on Jan. 4, are open to all players of all skill levels and are not restricted to only current MAYSA athletes.

The pre-academy clinics will be led by a new coach who will be dedicated to that age level at MAYSA. Lesley Jean Baptisite will teach the academy-level clinics, and middle school and high school players will have the chance to work with fitness and foot skills coaches.

MAYSA will be holding a winter informational session at the Morgan County High School cafeteria on Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m., and interested parties can visit MAYSA’s website, maysastorm.org, for more information.

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