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Recreational News & Events

Camps Guide

Join Real Colorado for soccer skill building led by our professional coaches, designed to fine-tune your player’s game while having fun along the way. Our camps offer preschool through elite competitive players an age and ability appropriate opportunity to learn skills like dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and playing in small games.  Whether you’re a beginner or a competitor, we have a camp for you!

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We hope to see your player for a fun and engaging soccer experience during any of our upcoming camps.  All participants should bring water, a soccer ball and wear athletic clothing with shin guards.

Upcoming Camps: 

 

Camp questions?  Click on any of the Camps above to be directed to Camp coach and registration contacts.

Recreational Coach Mentoring Program

Are you new to coaching youth soccer?  Do you find you’re asking yourself, “am I doing what’s right for these kids” week after week?   Do you just need a little guidance on how to better communicate with the parents of your players?  These are some of things we hear frequently from our volunteer, recreational coaches and, as a result, we want you to know we’ve listened and we’re going to make some free and easy assistance available to you.

Starting in the Spring 2014 season, we’re introducing a Coach Mentoring Program.  The Real Colorado staff will match up seasoned, successful recreational coaches with those that would like to take advantage of one-on-one training, practice planning, technical education, game day management …and more.  This “coach-the-coach” concept is a great way to learn a little more than the basics from your peers who have an established youth soccer coaching background but still have a day job!

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this new program (or if you’re an established coach looking to pass along your knowledge as a mentor), our Coach Mentors will be available to meet in person the night of Spring team packet pick up (date/location will be announced shortly after close of registration).  If you have any immediate requests, you can drop them an email at coachmentor@realcolorado.net.

Don’t feel like you have to be the expert without have had a playing background anymore.  Your time and effort alone make you stand out from the crowd and it’s with appreciation that Real Colorado is able to offer you this assistance.  Good luck in the Spring and we look forward to seeing you on the fields again soon!

Real Honors Volunteer Coaches

Real Colorado recognizes the tremendous value that our volunteer coaches bring to the families they serve.  Some start out coaching kids who seem barely knee high, and slowly foster a love of playing and having fun at a game that gradually resembles  the game of soccer.  As our players mature, these coaches often are the single biggest reason some kids continue participating in this healthy and active sport.  These players may or may not have great talent on the soccer field, but what matters most is they continue to be part of a team and learn the many life lessons taught through sport, and this is a direct result of our coaches caring and making soccer fun.

During our Fall 2013 season, our recreational program identified 5 coaches who best represent these qualities, and it’s with great thanks that we honor them and their families.  Of these 5, 2 were nominated to Colorado Soccer Association, formerly Colorado Youth Soccer, for recognition as Colorado Soccer Association Coaches of the Year – Recreational Boys and Recreational Girls.

Congratulations and Thank You to all of Real Colorado’s Volunteer Coaches from 2013:

2013 Real Colorado Boys Recreational Coach of the Year  - Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan has been chosen as Real Colorado's Boys Recreational Coach of the Year. Joe has been coaching for 9 years. His dedication to his boys team is shown thru coach education, patience and off season activities. Joe embodies what Real's vision of top quality coaching is at any level. We are lucky to have Joe!

Joe Sullivan has been chosen as Real Colorado’s Boys Recreational Coach of the Year. Joe has been coaching for 9 years. His dedication to his boys team is shown through coach education, patience and off season activities. Joe embodies what Real’s vision of top quality coaching is at any level. We are lucky to have Joe!

2013 Real Colorado Girls Recreational Coach of the Year – Bob Key

Bob has coached for Real for 16 years at pretty much any age. Currently, he coaches a high school age girls team. His devotion to the kids that have played for him is second to none. Bob has also been chosen as Real Colorado’s Girls Recreational Coach of the Year. He will be honored at the CYS Awards Banquet in January. We are extremely lucky to have Bob!

Bob has coached for Real for 16 years at pretty much any age. Currently, he coaches a high school age girls team. His devotion to the kids that have played for him is second to none. Bob has also been chosen as Real Colorado’s Girls Recreational Coach of the Year. He will be honored at the CYS Awards Banquet in January. We are extremely lucky to have Bob!

2013 Real Colorado Recreational Coach of the Season – Jim Titus

Jim coaches a U5 boys team. His patience and perspective on the game for the boys makes him a great addition to Real Colorado’s Recreational program. Coaching this age can have many challenges, but Jim makes it look like it’s easy. We are lucky to have Jim!

Jim coaches a U5 boys team. His patience and perspective on the game for the boys makes him a great addition to Real Colorado’s Recreational program. Coaching this age can have many challenges, but Jim makes it look like it’s easy. We are lucky to have Jim!

2013 Real Colorado Recreational Coach of the Season - Pete Poniatowski

Pete coaches a U10 boys recreational team. His patience and willingness to go above and beyond for the kids has been a huge plus for his players. Pete has been a go to coach that has a track record of turning lemons into lemonade. We are lucky to have Pete!

Pete coaches a U10 boys recreational team. His patience and willingness to go above and beyond for the kids has been a huge plus for his players. Pete has been a go to coach that has a track record of turning lemons into lemonade. We are lucky to have Pete!

2013 Real Colorado Recreational Coach of the Season – Dave Mecham

Dave coaches a U6 girls team. Dave’s mix of fun and work makes him a coach that gets many requests to join his team. His positive approach and dedication to the kids is a huge asset to Real Colorado!  We are lucky to have Dave!

Dave coaches a U6 girls team. Dave’s mix of fun and work makes him a coach that gets many requests to join his team. His positive approach and dedication to the kids is a huge asset to Real Colorado! We are lucky to have Dave!

2013 Real Colorado Recreational Coach of the Season – Ben Higgins

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Ben coaches a U8 boys team. Ben has been a stellar addition to Real’s Recreational program, always thinking about the kids and taking on many challenges that many coaches avoid. Ben is a can-do coach that puts in extra time with his team off the field as well as on. We are lucky to have Ben!

Real Colorado Begins National Expansion, Close to Home

As one of the Top 20 youth soccer clubs in America , Real Colorado players can be found at the top of the local, national and international youth soccer sport. Our reputation for excellence both on and off the field is nationally-recognized and as a result, we are often approached to mentor coaches, players and teams.

To follow our mission to continue a tradition of fun and excellence in youth soccer, Real Colorado will launch a new affiliate program beginning in January, 2014 starting with its first affiliate, Edge Soccer Club of Arvada.

 

The Affiliate Vision
In the spirit of developing youth using the best resources, both technical and administrative, Real’s long-term vision for our affiliate program includes a network of affiliate youth soccer clubs. This network will become a national-level club association that will:

  • Serve as a minor league system for professional soccer teams, both domestic and international
  • Enable new opportunities to find corporate sponsors and foundation support
  • Provide a framework for national coach and player development

 

Real Colorado’s First Affiliate
All of us at Real Colorado are excited to announce our first affiliate club, Edge Soccer Club of Arvada.

Real Colorado has been evaluating different possibilities for growth over the past few years and in numerous discussions with the leadership of Colorado Edge, we found a shared vision and value embedded in our cultures. It is our belief the affiliation with Colorado Edge will create an exciting environment to benefit both memberships and open further opportunities as our relationship matures. By becoming a Real Colorado affiliate, Edge has taken a new step to offer its players, coaches and families’ new tools that can position the club among the best in the nation as part of the Real family.

Real will begin offering our time-tested training programs to coaches, players and teams from Edge. Our players can easily be Guest Players for each other in tournaments and other events. The teams will cross-train together and help each other prepare in the pre-season by playing friendly games, beginning at U9. The two clubs will work together to provide player development opportunities for all ages.

 

What’s Next?

  • Coach and Player Cross-Training – Beginning at U9, players and coaches will begin having opportunities to train together across Junior Academy and Competitive teams, including U.S. Soccer Development Academy and Elite Clubs National League(ECNL) teams.
  • A New Look – Edge Soccer Club players will take on the branding of Real Colorado, although the organizations will remain functionally separate.

More Coming Soon – Watch for more information coming soon on our website, or for immediate questions, contact Jared Spires at Jareds@realcolorado.net.

 

Soccer Shapes Lives for the Better

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Real continually seeks donations to support our mission to open the game to every child who wants to play.  We also believe that every player deserves a safe soccer home where they can learn and grow, so we are asking for donations to help us take the next steps in the build-out of Real Colorado Soccer Complex.

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What do we do with your donated money?

  • We donate more than $80,000 in need-based aid every year to give every child who wants to play, the opportunity to play soccer
  • We continue to build-out our Soccer Complex – click here to see how your donations have been used to date and what we have planned
  • We continue to operate the best youth soccer club in Colorado, offering more programs to grow your child in soccer than anyone else in our state.

Below are donation requests from families in our local community and from Real, your soccer home.  We encourage you to choose a ball and click it to make a tax deductible donation!  You will be directed to ColoradoGives.org/RealColorado to complete your donation.

 

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Real Announces First Annual Recreational Soccer Tournament!

Real Colorado is excited to announce our 1st annual recreational soccer tournament!

Save the Date for Labor Day Weekend, 2014 – plans are underway to bring you a recreational, pre-season tournament that gives U7-U10 players the chance to connect as a team before the start of the fall season for fun, tournament-style play.

The tournament will include Real Recreational and Junior Academy U7 – U10 boys and girls, teams from local clubs, a 3 game minimum, medals, and trophies for age-bracket winners.

Real hosts the largest and best-run competitive tournament in our region and we’re building from that experience to create a tournament weekend that Real Colorado Rec teams won’t want to miss!

Watch for more information coming in The Pitch weekly email update and on our website under Tournaments.  Save the Date:  Labor Day Weekend, 2014!

Get Your Player on the Colorado Rapids Field!

It’s the last home game of the Colorado Rapids season and they’ve invited Real Colorado players to watch the game and walk on the field during warm-ups!

See the Colorado Rapids in action at a special price – just $23 (Face value $40) when you purchase your tickets using the link below.  Then, take advantage of a special invitation to walk the field as the players warm-up.

Real Colorado families who purchase tickets using the link below will receive the discounted tickets and instructions on how to gain field access.  Tickets are on sale until October 11th – don’t miss out!

Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Saturday, October 19th at 4:00pm 

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

 

To purchase: http://www.rapidstix.com/realcoloradosc 

 

Real Colorado players, coaches, family members and guests affiliated with the Real Colorado that purchases a ticket will also will receive a Rapids beanie. Real Colorado players and coaches will also have the opportunity to walk around the field during warm ups as well as be recognized as a club during our Youth Soccer Parade. Wearing your Real Colorado colors is strongly recommended!

A portion of each ticket price will also be donated to Real Colorado!

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Recreational Camps

Join Real Colorado for soccer skill building, games, new friendships and fun during our soccer camps. Our camps offer players from 4 – 13 years old the opportunity to learn skills like dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and playing in small games.

Cost for recreational soccer camp is $90.00 per player.  All participants should bring water, a soccer ball and wear athletic clothing with shin guards.

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PRE-TRYOUT CAMP

Geared towards player who want to tryout for U9-U10 Junior Academy or U11 Competitive. More info to follow….

May 19th-21st at Redstone Park

U8/U9 5:00pm-6:15pm

U10 6:30pm-7:45pm

JUNE RECREATIONAL SOCCER CAMP

Ages 4 – 13 (U5 – U14)

June 23rd-26th

Heritage Turf

9:00am-10:30am

JULY RECREATIONAL SOCCER CAMP

Ages 4 – 13 (U5 – U14)

July 14th -17th

Heritage Turf

9:00am-10:30am

 

Camp questions? Email Camp Director, Skye Dregalla, at skyed@realcolorado.net

Registration questions?  Please email Beckie Blevans at beckieb@realcolorado.net

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Footability Live is back in Highlands Ranch this summer! 

Take your technical speed to new heights and dominate your opponent with the Footability LIVE experience.  It’s our ultimate goal to take ALL players to the next level while producing “difference makers” on the soccer field. The staff assembled for our camps is second to none, including former professional players, college coaches, current college players, and TOP professional club coaches. We will provide the utmost professionalism in an environment conducive to having fun while learning.

  • July 7-10, 2014
  • Boys and Girls ages 7-15 welcome!
  • 9:00 a.m. – Noon daily
  • Rocky Heights Middle School and Rock Canyon High School
  • $260.00 (includes Footability T-shirt and soccer ball)
  • Visit Footability.com for more information and to register!

 

 

Real Makes a Difference in Nicaragua

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15 Players in Nicaragua

by Guest Contributor, Gil Barkey, Real Colorado Coach, Soccer Dad and Nicaragua Trip Organizer

As a result of Real Colorado families donating soccer gear and offering financial support, Real has extended its presence from soccer fields in Douglas County, to making a difference for kids in Nicaragua.

Twenty three Real Colorado members, including fifteen competitive girls from varied age groups, have just completed a soccer and humanitarian mission to El Crucero, Nicaragua.

After packing 23 large duffels and bins with donated cleats, soccer balls, jerseys, shin guards and more that were collected during 2013 Real Cup, the trip that was nearly three years in the making finally became a reality. The team touched down in Managua, Nicaragua with a lot of excitement for the week ahead and anticipating this unique opportunity to share their love of soccer with the youth of El Crucero.

Donated gear from Real families

Donated gear from Real families

Families in El Crucero live off of an average of $1.50 per day and the youth of the community have never had organized soccer until Real Colorado started the Real Nica club three years ago with generous donations from our membership. This trip marks the first time our club has sent players to Nicaragua to witness the impact soccer brings to a community while serving in this poverty stricken area.

Daily footwear for Nica kids

Daily footwear for Nica kids

The team served food at a clinic, led crafts at a boys orphanage, ran a soccer camp for three days, organized a soccer tournament for a league that Real has supported for the last three years, re-painted the local medical clinic and delivered milk to the homes of the very poor in the area.

Soccer the Common Bond

When you get 15 Real Colorado soccer girls in a foreign country completely out of their comfort zone, the one thing they share is their love of futbol. So when we pulled up to the medical clinic and boys orphanage for the first time and 10 boys were playing a pickup game in a dirt and mud open space, it took the girls very little time to figure out that soccer is an international language. One girl walked up to the boys and simply asked, “Jugar?” and soon a full out game had begun. The boys yelled “Olé!” when one of the girls did a quick step over move and left one of the boys wondering what just happened. The girls quickly earned their respect and a wonderful game of soccer on an imperfect ground in one of the poorest places in the world had gotten our week off to a perfect start.

Since that initial game, the girls played countless hours of soccer because that is what the kids love to do there. It was very apparent that the friendships a full week later were much stronger than they ever would have been without the soccer piece because the competition and spirit of the game had brought these youth from two separate worlds together.

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Girl Power

The Nica girls also love to play soccer but they do not play with the boys. So the first two days the Real girls played against the boys teams and the girls team in organized games and in pickup soccer games. When our vans pulled up to the clinic on the third day, the cheers from the Real girls were loud as we saw the Nica girls had mixed in with the boys in a pickup soccer game. From that point on the Nica girls joined the Real girls against the boys teams and another great soccer bond was formed with the girls. The Real girls were thrilled that they made a difference and showed the Nica girls that they can play hard against the boys and it’s ok to be good at playing a sport.

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Acts of Service

The people of El Crucero are so genuine. They don’t have much at all but there are so many smiling faces and the hugs are plentiful. Our first day there we served a hot meal to many of the youth in the area in a weekly feeding program at the medical clinic. For most of the kids we served we found out that it is likely the only hot meal they will get until next week. Several children had been walking around in old beat up cleats that served as their only shoe and one boy had an old faded red Real jersey on. This only built anticipation for seeing the kids faces when we were able to give them all the donated items we brought with us.

The second day the adults in the group organized stations for all the donated gear- backpacks, cleats, regular shoes, tshirts, shorts, jerseys, balls, and new water bottles, while the girls did a craft and played with the kids outside. When we were ready, the Real girls took kids through the stations one by one over the next three hours to make sure they could find the perfect set of cleats and gear. It was important that each child felt special and taken care of. We made sure they knew that people a long way away from them cared about them. To see the kids take off their old shoes and just leave them behind so they could walk out of the building in their new cleats was amazing. One Real girl got kissed on the cheek by her little Nicaraguan partner at every station. One boy said “Gracias, gracias, gracias,…” about 100 times as that was all he could say, he was so amazed. Another Real girl gasped in excitement when she realized her Nica counterpart had picked up her old pair of cleats to keep.

The smiles and joy we experienced throughout the week was priceless. The Real girls painted the exterior of the medical clinic, delivered milk to thirty of the poorest families in the area, spent several hours each day with the young children doing crafts, playing games, and loving on them. After all of this they still had energy for more soccer by organizing a tournament for the local teams at the local field. The local soccer pitch is a goat pasture with deep grass and patches of rocks and mud. Certainly the girls were thankful for the Colorado fields they play on.

The girls did get a free day to go to the street market for some shopping and swam for hours at a volcano-created natural lagoon. Much deserved fun and rest after days of hard work and dedication to our projects.

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The final day at the clinic was bittersweet as so many friendships had been made. Both the Nica kids and the Real girls were in tears as last goodbyes had to be made. Many of the Real girls were already making plans for returning again next summer so they could be reunited with their Nicaraguan friends. It was clear that the Nica kids and Real girls were heavily impacted by the weeklong experience. It was our hope as leaders that the girls would discover how soccer could open opportunities for creating international friendships and that they would find a passion for serving others at home and around the world. Our experience in El Crucero went far beyond expectation and we can’t wait for the next trip!

The entire Real Nica team of 23 Real Colorado members want to deeply thank the Real Colorado OneTouch program, all those that donated soccer gear or provided individuals financial support. This trip could not have happened without you all in support of our mission to bring our passion for soccer and service together to impact the youth and community of El Crucero, Nicaragua.

 

Donations to Real Colorado help us make a difference in communities in Colorado and beyond.  When you donate financially or through bringing good condition equipment to the Real office, you help us fulfill our mission as a non-profit to open the opportunity to play soccer to every child, regardless of their financial circumstances.  Click here to Visit our page at ColoradoGives.org today to make a donation.

Junior Academy Info

Real Colorado Junior Academy

Real Colorado Junior Academy is a new program for U9 and U10 players that provides the developmental bridge between recreational and competitive soccer for players whose intention is to work toward becoming a competitive player at U11.

During each season, our Junior Academy players will experience a new level of coaching and game play including:

  • Placement on a Junior Academy team based on each player’s individual abilities.  Ability grouping leverages the skills that each player brings to a team, proving the best possible opportunity for each player to grow and strengthen their game.
  • 3 training sessions per week with a professional Real coach who can deliver new value-added approaches to skills and game play that will motivate and improve every player.
  • A new approach to game play as part of Colorado Soccer’s Intermediate division.  The Intermediate Division introduces Junior Academy players to the upper level of inter-league games versus competing clubs from throughout Colorado.  Players will travel to meet opposing teams as well as play on Real’s home fields.

Cost for participation in the program is $595.00 per season with an optional payment plan of $200.00 at registration.  A 25.00 late fee will be added to all payments not made by the due date.

Registration will open after the 1st of May for JA 2014/2015 Tryouts.

For more information, contact Russ Lentine at Russl@realcolorado.net

Goalkeeping training is available for Junior Academy players – click here for more information.

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