We are proud to announce that the first CNSF residential camp took place at St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland from June 23 - June 28 and was a huge success! Fourteen young men and women, between the ages of 16 and 22 years old, were selected and sponsored by CNSF to attend the "2002 Dutch Week," sponsored by the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association.
Gerard Molenaars and Gert Veldwyte came from Holland, as they have for the past nine years, to provide instruction in the Dutch Method of soccer playing and coaching. Both are National Staff coaches with the Dutch Football Federation and are former professional players, with Gerard being a former Dutch National Team player.
The 2002 CNSF Camp consisted of two groups. There were the players, who ranged in age from 12 to 14 years old. This group paid for its expenses and was open to all interested young soccer players. The other group consisted of our CNSF scholarship recipients. Candidates for this program were selected based upon a competitive application process administered by the CNSF foundation, which paid all course expenses for those selected. Both groups - the players and the player-coaches - were given a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the game of soccer and how to coach it from highly qualified instructors and from each other. Many of our player-coaches earned state coaching licenses at the end of the week. All of them received certificates of completion of the course.