Train like a pro at new soccer camp

Former pro, Swiss coach looks to develop local talent

Marco Bueler asks, “Why not in 100 Mile?”

Bueler has decades experience as a national soccer league player and coach in Switzerland.

His new soccer camp aims to give young local players a chance to “train like a pro,” and perhaps score big later on in the higher ranks of the sport.

After all, if a boy from Anahim Lake, British Columbia can win Olympic gold between the pipes for Team Canada, why not a world class talent bred on the soccer pitch in 100 Mile?

All over the planet we have talent,” Bueler says. “You never know where.”

Registration is open now and space is limited to 20 players per camp.

The first camp runs from July 14-18 for players aged eight to 11. The second camp runs from July 21-25 for players 12 to 15. Bueler promises technical and tactical drills, a low player-coach ratio, high quality meals, keeper training, maximum participation from each player and a high number of touches on the ball.

It’s something 100 Mile House & District Soccer Association (OMHSA) representative Werner Heine says is valuable with respect to player development.

It’s an all-around education on how to be the best athlete you can be.

We don’t have that kind of knowledge in our ranks. We’re really excited about it.”

The local soccer season kicks off May 3.

April is all preparation time. We’re in full swing,” Heine adds.

Bueler moved to the South Cariboo close to 10 years ago and owns the Loon Bay Resort on Sheridan Lake.

I saw these beautiful soccer fields down there [at the OMHSA Soccer Park],” Bueler says.

For a town like 100 Mile to have something like this, it’s absolutely great. Sports are such an important thing for kids.”

He hopes competitive players sign up for the camp.

I’m pretty sure one week on this level – two times a day – they can learn what they can in the whole season.”

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