European Football School back in Whistler for summer camp!

Posted by Whistler Youth Soccer Club on Jun 29 2016 at 05:30PM PDT in 2015-2016

Saibo Talic remembers the first time he came to Whistler in the summertime to coach his annual weeklong soccer camp.
It was around 1999, about the same time he founded his European Football School on the North Shore.

That summer in Whistler there was a small group of players ready to learn from his extensive experience — Talic is a Canadian licence “A” coach and UEFA licence “B” coach.

How things have changed for the Whistler Youth Soccer Club in the last 17 years.

“Every year it’s becoming bigger and bigger,” he says of the annual weeklong camp, ballooning to more than 80 kids a few years ago during the 2104 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The European Football School (EFS) camp kicks off again next week from July 4-8.

Talic travels throughout B.C. in the summer once the year-long (September to June) EFS program ends in the city.
Whistler is a special place.

“There are lots of kids who are really skilled,” he says of the boys and girls who show up for camp in the mountains, ready to play. Typically, the local kids have spent time skiing or snowboarding or biking and have some natural athletic ability.
“It’s a pleasure to work there,” says Talic.

Talic, who played in the premier division in the former Yugoslavia, came to Canada from Bosnia in 1993 during the war.
His coaching experience is extensive, including time as the head coach of the Capilano College Men’s Team from 1995-1997.

The philosophy at the European Football School is simple:
• explanation;
• demonstration;
• observation, and
• correction.
Repetition is key.

Keen to tap into the kids’ natural ability, whatever that may be, Talic’s goal is for everyone to reach their own potential.
The trick for the younger athletes is learning how to control their bodies and then learning how to control the ball.

Ultimately, this isn’t just about soccer skills; it’s about building character too.

The five-day Whistler camp takes place July 4 to July 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
It is open from ages 10 to 17.
The camp will take place at Spruce Grove Field #4 (Monday to Thursday) and Myrtle Philip lower fields (Friday).
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Younger players, ages 5-9 years old, will be coached by WYSC Technical Directors. Same time, same place as above.
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