USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Head coach Denise Schilte-Brown and the rest of her USF women's soccer staff are giving young players a great opportunity to learn and show what they can do.
The Bulls are putting on two Friday camps, starting with the Future 50 program in January and Preparation Bulls in February at the USF Athletics complex.
Future 50 runs from Jan. 13-April 30 and offers female players ages 7 to 14 (non-high school students) a strong opportunity to improve their game.
"This is a refreshing change for us getting to coach the youth in the community," Schilte-Brown said. "They're fun, they're exciting and they're eager to learn."
The program offers one hour a week of individual ball work, something players might not get in clubs.
Campers also will have the chance to grow as people with leadership sessions that teach kids how to deal with common issues like peer pressure and bullying. Players will get a chance to meet current Bulls, which has proven to be a huge hit in the past.
"I know if I had a daughter that wasn't in high school yet, I'd want her to dream about being a USF college soccer player," Schilte-Brown said.
Preparation Bulls is an eight-week program that begins Feb. 10 and focuses on high school players who want an opportunity to gain exposure.
"If you want to come here and you want to be a part of the school, you want to learn more about it, be trained by the coaches and the players then it's an awesome way to learn about USF," Schilte-Brown said. "For a lot of seniors, it's probably the only way they're going to get seen at this point."
USF wants to show the high standard of Division I soccer, especially in the Big East, and teaches players to train hard.
"The pace of the practice is hard," Schilte-Brown said. "It's well planned out and you move from one drill to the other. It's serious soccer the whole time you're here."
To learn more about the USF women's soccer camps and sign up, click on the provided link.