Kohl’s American Cup Leaves Local Youth Soccer Players With Rewarding Memories

Glastonbury’s Hartwell Soccer Club hosted its third annual Kohl’s US Youth Soccer American Cup on November 1st and 2nd at Glastonbury High School. The tournament brought together 73 Under -6 through Under-14 boys and girls teams from Connecticut for a weekend of fun and competition.

The American Cup provided recreational players the opportunity to participate in a high-quality tournament in a fun, family-like atmosphere. While there was plenty of competition throughout the weekend, the emphasis was on participation.

“Our mission was to allow rec players to experience a tournament atmosphere they wouldn’t be able to otherwise,” tournament director Tim Gourley said.

The Kid Zone was the main attraction. It featured a skills challenge where players worked on skills such as dribbling and passing and were given the opportunity to measure how fast they could kick the ball. Numerous prizes were awarded to participants and their families.

On the field, the U-6 through U-14 teams competed against one another in divisions. More than 1000 players competed.

In addition to the Kid Zone, players had their faces painted and took photos with their teams. Gourley said the face painting, which was done by the Glastonbury High School girls soccer team, was extremely popular with younger players. Volunteers helped sell memorabilia such as clothing and posters.

“The tournament went outstand despite occasional rain,” Gourley said. “Many players said that it was their favorite event of the year.”

Gourley said Hartwell Soccer hopes to continue holding the Koh’ls US Youth Soccer American Cup many years to come.

 

 

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