Drills and thrills for Winnipeg girls at Desiree Scott soccer camp
Beth Macdonell, CTV Winnipeg
Published Saturday, November 7, 2015 6:46PM CST
Girls with soccer ambitions took part in a special training session today, hosted by Winnipeg's own soccer star, Desiree Scott.
The second annual Desiree Scott soccer camp was held the United Health and RecPlex at the University of Winnipeg. The camp is open to girls from nine to 18 years of age.
Along with learning technical side of the game, the camp is about having fun, and developing skills such as teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence.
Winnipeggers also provided financial assistance to 30 local girls so they could play the high level soccer.
"It's really cool because she played in the World Cup and I've never met anyone like that before," said Sydnee Korchak, a camp soccer player.
Team Canada defender, Desiree Scott said having Canada host the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup left a big impression.
"I think hosting that world cup in Canada was massive for girls all over the country I think they've been able to see their idols live right in their backyards," said Scott.
One 12-year-old defender travelled all the way from Calgary to play with Scott at the Winnipeg camp. "To learn more. and to meet the players and just everything about it is great, " said Lexi Tod.
Tod wants to play professional soccer one day, and said since Canada hosted the World Cup more Canadians want to watch soccer played by the pros.
Desiree Scott said she gets a lot of satisfaction from training youth. "I just like to see how excited they get … They want to hang out with me. I think it's cool I'm a role model," said Scott.
Proceeds from the camp go to KidSport Winnipeg, a non-profit organization giving financial assistance to young athletes.