Top international coaches at Kelowna soccer camp

Argentina's Rodolfo Rodriguez will be one of six international coaches here next week for the Kelowna United International Soccer Camp.
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A vast and varied array of coaching styles from around the world will merge in the city next week for the second annual Kelowna United International Soccer Camp.

Former Chelsea FC youth development coach Jeff Bookman will head up a highly-regarded cast of six international instructors from July 23 to 27 at the Parkinson Rec Centre fields.

Bookman, who lives in New York and is technical director for Inside Soccer, brought the inaugural edition of the camp to the Okanagan last summer.

Kids in the U10 to U18 age groups will also be exposed to the football knowledge of former Boca Juniors coach in Argentina, Rodolfo Rodriguez, Scottish FA coach Ian Fergus, Lee Johnson from Chelsea FC, Sporting Lisbon's (Portugal) Pedro Goncalves, and Michael Speight from FC Kongsberg in Norway.

"For parents and players in our community, you're not going to see a better group of coaches in one place at one time," said Kelowna United technical Dante Zanatta. "You have coaches that cover the whole spectrum of soccer, with different styles from the various countries. It's all about the continued development of players in our region."

In addition to learning from some of the world's finest soccer minds, Zanatta said players will be able to audition their talents.

"It's an opportunity for some of our young players to be scouted," added Zanatta. "Some of the coaches do the I.D. part of the job for their clubs, so there might be players that each of them want to look at."

There will be morning and afternoon sessions at Parkinson, as players will rotate through each coach's instructional sessions over the five-day camp.

The cost per player is $285.

There will also be a goalkeeping component, as participants will be taught the finer points of the position through the Simon Smith Goalkeeping Academy.

For more information, or to register for the camp visit


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