British expert invades Nevada, teaching soccer to area youth

Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Lauren Johnson and Abby Stumpff run through a drill.

Twenty-two year old Anna Bowyer, from Devon, England, spent last week in Nevada teaching aspiring soccer players the basics of the game during the second annual British Soccer Camp sponsored by the Nevada Parks and Recreation Department.

For the younger children Bowyer said that she uses games to teach basic soccer skill.

"They don't realize what they're learning," she said.

Robin McHugh, Nevada-Vernon County Community Center director, said that Bowyer had two different age groups of players. The 3, 4 and 5-year-olds came for two hours in the morning and the 6 to 13-year-olds came for three hours in the afternoon.

"She kept their attention for two hours. It's amazing," McHugh, a long-time soccer fan, said of the 3 to 5-year-olds.

Bowyer, who spent the previous week in Nevada, Iowa, said that she also conducts regular soccer training camps for older players who already know the basics.

Bowyer, who is in her second year of teaching these camps, played soccer during her senior year of high school and for two years in college.

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