While soccer is out of season, the Steamboat Soccer Club kept the energy alive by hosting both a soccer academy and tournament in July.
The Steamboat Soccer Academy experienced the biggest boom in its history with nearly 500 kids showing up for the week-long camp, beating the previous attendance record of around 100 participants.
Club associates Fields and Kelly Brown said they have thoroughly enjoyed seeing such an increase in attendance since joining the club in the spring of 2022.
“I think Steamboat is going to be on the map,” Kelly said. “I think there is a huge demand for these types of camps after the corona crisis. Families want to go on vacation and out, and kids want to enjoy a longer day option, which they had here at the academy.”
The academy ran from July 5-13 and each day consisted of three training sessions with fun experiences around Steamboat in between each session. The participants went hiking, swimming, doing yoga and even had class presentations on nutrition, recruitment, psychology and more.
According to the Browns, what sets the Steamboat camp apart from so many others is its ability to integrate high-level soccer training while also giving the athletes a chance to enjoy their time in the city and have a mini vacation.
The academy attracted such interest that the organizers had to stop registration because they reached the lodging limit at Colorado Mountain College, where they housed players. However, The Ptarmigan Inn then came into the picture and offered room to players, allowing registration to reopen and expanding participation.
The club recognizes the impact so many local organizations have had in making the academy run as smoothly as possible and emphasized their appreciation for all the help.
“There were a lot of moving parts in the academy this year and we couldn’t have organized such a great event without the help of the community,” Kelly said.
After the camp, the club hosted the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament from July 14-17.
Six states were represented at the tournament and a total of 92 teams entered.
Fields Brown was extremely impressed with how smoothly the tournament ran and praised all the event volunteers.
This was another opportunity for players to improve their soccer skills while enjoying what Steamboat has to offer.
“We’ve attracted some really high-level talent from coaches, players and teams who wanted to come here and be part of the community for a week, and we feel like that’s something that just elevates our little mountain club in town. ,” Fields said.
On the football side, the Steamboat U14 girls won their standings and multiple other Steamboat teams made it to the finals, giving local soccer players the opportunity to compete against teams from around the world and hone their skills as players.
The Browns said they are looking forward to the ongoing soccer boom in Steamboat and are committed to making their club as inclusive and accessible as possible.
“As we continue to see the numbers grow, our goal is to make this the go-to place for summer soccer as we strive to continue to provide the best for our Steamboat Soccer Club players, coaches and members by doing the best to go with us to Steamboat Springs,” Fields said.
To reach Tom Skulski, call 970-871-4240, email tskulski@SteamboatPilot.com.