The 10th Annual Kirby Cup returns June 24-28, 2014 at Harmon Field in Tryon. Each year the winning team gets a traditional champagne shower, from camp director George Alley. (photo submitted by George Alley)
The 10th Annual Kirby Cup returns June 24-28, 2014 at Harmon Field in Tryon. Each year the winning team gets a traditional champagne shower, from camp director George Alley. (photo submitted by George Alley)

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10th Kirby Cup Soccer Camp set for June 24-28

Published 11:08pm Thursday, February 20, 2014

The 10th annual Kirby Cup Soccer Camp will occur Tuesday, June 24 – Saturday June 28 at Harmon Field in Tryon.

This free event for boys and girls in grades 3-8 (ages 8-13) will take place pending grant funding. Applications will be available May 1 at the town halls in Tryon, Columbus and Saluda as well as at Polk County Middle School.

The mission of the camp is to teach fundamental soccer skills and create a global awareness by exploring other countries’ heritages.

Players are divided into four teams representing countries from different continents.

This year, defending champion Egypt will take on teams from South America, Asia and Europe.

Each day, players will learn about the country and then train in their style of play.

The camp ends with a round robin tournament and picnic on Saturday. Enrollment is limited to 80 players on a first come-first serve basis.

The brainchild of PCMS soccer coach George Alley, the Kirby Cup was inspired by a local pick-up soccer game that has been going on in Polk County for more than 30 years.

On any given Sunday, one can find participants of diverse ages and backgrounds.

The cross cultural, multi-generational nature of the game inspired the creation of the Kirby Cup, which has been generously funded by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation every year. So, after serving more than 40 coaches and 700 players over the past nine years, Happy 10th Birthday Kirby Cup.

 

- article submitted 

by George Alley

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