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My Experience at Grass2Gold Camp 2017
Submitted By Admin on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
During the Winter Break, Jorja Lilbourne of SUFC U10 Girls Rep Lightning, participated in the Grass2Gold Camp with Members of the Canadian Women's National Team.  We had the opportunity to hear her story and wanted her to share her experience with all of our members so please take the time to read as it was a fantastic opportunity.


During the Christmas holidays I went to an amazing soccer camp in Stoney Creek.  My Mom and Dad registered me as a surprise, which I opened on Christmas morning!  It was only two days away, on December 27th.  I was very excited, and a bit nervous to go!  We arrived at 10am and had to stand in a long line to sign in and pick up our t-shirts.  There were about 80 kids in the morning session, which was for 8-12 year olds.  We started at 10:30 with warm-ups led by Melissa Tancredi.  Then we divided into four groups.  My first station was with Jessie Fleming, where we worked on dribbling and tricks.  The next station was with Julia Spetsmark, from the Sweden Soccer Team.  She has us do a drill on faking and shooting from four different spots around the goal box.  At station number three Shelina Zadorsky set up a tricky drill to work on defensive moves.  The last station, with Ashley Lawrence was a drill for passing, crossing and shooting.

When we went through all the activities, everyone sat in the middle of the field and we could ask the players questions.  Some of the things people wanted to know were; how old they were when they started playing, what teams they played for, and who their favourite soccer player is.  After that, everyone lined up for a chance to get autographs and a picture with the players. I had a “GOAL” canvas that I asked Melissa, Julia, Jessie, Shelina and Ashley to sign as a keepsake of the day.  I told them I was from Strathroy because Jessie and Shelina are from London – and they would know where it was!  Then I posed for a picture and I got to hold Jessie’s Olympic bronze medal!  It was heavier than I expected! My mom posted the picture on Facebook and put it on Twitter. She tagged some of the players who also shared it and Shelina put it on Instagram too!

It was awesome to meet some of Canada’s National Team, and it was so fun to practice with them for a few hours.   I really enjoyed this soccer camp and I thank Melissa, Julia, Jessie, Shelina and Ashley for taking the time to be part of it.  I can’t wait to watch games on TV now that I have actually met them!

Jorja Lilbourne
SUFC U10 Rep Lightning



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