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Kirkwood Soccer Club

Pre-Academy Program

KSC Pre-Academy is designed to provide the highest quality developmental program for most motivated and committed youth (AGES U-7 & Below) soccer players. The program is directed by KSC Director of coaching, Andres Hurtado and KSC Academy Coach, Abdul Chibsah

The goal is to provide the kids with advanced technical training in preparing them for participating on our Academy teams as they approach age 9.

The program offers several unique benefits:

  • A developmentally-appropriate curriculum created and taught by licensed, professional coaches
  • Once-per-week outdoor training in the fall and spring seasons, to supplement your child’s team training;
  • Exclusive to players that are KSC Soccer U7 pure age group.
  • Low cost to participate.

The training philosophy features a heavy emphasis on individual ball mastery, allowing each player to become more comfortable, confident and creative with their foot skills, while nurturing their passion and enjoyment for soccer.  Activities and games will follow the best practices of US Soccer and US Youth Soccer.

Each week of training will feature a theme, which will build off the themes from previous weeks, including:

  • Dribbling for possession (changes of direction, shielding)
  • Dribbling for penetration (attacking moves such as scissors, Matthews, step-overs, etc.)
  • First touch
  • Passing
  • Finishing and ball-striking

The Pre-Academy will train once per week during the Fall and Spring seasons, mostly Friday evenings. During the Winter months, the Pre-Academy will participate in the Winter Indoor Competitive League in the U9 division, if available or train throughout the winter period.

Pre-Academy players are encouraged to participate in the Kirkwood Fall and Spring Instructional leagues. 

Program Cost: $ 300


April 10th, 2015
(Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather)
KSC Outdoor Turf (Field 14)
April 17th, 2015
KSC Outdoor Turf (Field 14)
April 24th, 2015
KSC Outdoor Turf (Field 14)
May 1st, 2015
KSC Outdoor Turf (Field 14)
May 8th, 2015
KSC Outdoor Turf (Field 14)
May 15th, 2015
KSC Outdoor Turf (Field 14)
May 29th, 2015
KSC Outdoor Turf (Field 14)




Andres Hurtado
(Pre-Academy Program Director)

Coaching Qualification:
USSF National "B" License

Coaching Experience:
KSC Director of Coaching (2010 - Present)
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach - Wilmington University (2012 - Present)
Head Men's Soccer Coach - Delaware Tech College (2008 - 2012)

Playing Experience:
Wilmington University
Liga Del Valle, Cali Colombia Youth Club

Abdul Alhassan-Chibsah
(Pre-Academy Program Trainer)

Coaching Qualification:
USSF National "C" License

Coaching Experience:
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Wilmington University (2014 - present)
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Goldey-Beacom College (2012 - 2014)
Delaware Olympic Development Program Coach
KSC Academy coach

Playing Experience:
University of Delaware (2008 - 2011)
2011 USLPro Combine Player invitee
Brynas IF (Swedish Div.1, 2011)
Reading Rage PDL (2009)

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