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Soccer Partnership Thriving

Youth Soccer on Long Island has changed dramatically during the past five years.  The formation of new leagues and programs has provided parents and their young soccer stars with a variety of options designed to serve all levels of skill and interest.  The Mineola Athletic Association’s (MAA) Soccer program has kept pace with these changes with the introduction three years ago of its development program and one year later of its soccer tots division.

 

The relationship between MAA Soccer and its training partner, Empire Soccer Academy (ESA), have fostered many of these changes.  Peter Hulse and Michael Todd founded ESA and employ trainers with diverse soccer backgrounds (including former Manchester United and Liverpool club players and several trainers who have represented their countries’ respective national teams).

 

ESA’s trainers share a common love for teaching the game and providing young children with an opportunity to learn the game in a fun and challenging environment.

 

“All of the guys are fully aware of their “role model” responsibilities and we look to hire the kind of person that you can see was born to teach and is great around children,” Hulse said.

 

ESA’s training philosophy includes a more cerebral approach than the typical training program. Hulse explains each ESA coach is mandated to “teach the kids the subtle nuances of the game” and ensure the young athletes are “constantly moving, touching the ball, thinking, problem-solving etc”

 

The group trains all MAA Soccer intramural and travel players. Hulse and the dedicated volunteers that help run the MAA Soccer program are constantly looking for ways to improve the program and the past few years have seen many positive changes.  He is especially pleased with the recent additions of the Development and Soccer Tots programs.

 

“The Developmental Program has been a great success and the Soccer Tots program is about to go from strength to strength as we recently partnered with another company who specializes in training our youngest age groups,” Hulse said. “This fall we will be running the Empire Kickstart Program which will do even more to make sure the children love coming to soccer practice.”

 

MAA Soccer offers programs beginning with children as young as 3 years of age (must be turning 4 during the current year).  As the organization has added and improved its programs, it has worked closely with ESA to ensure it remains a very valuable program (the programs cost between $70 and $150 per player, per season).

 

To learn more about or register for the MAA Soccer programs please visit us at www.mineolaaa.org.  Registration for the fall is ongoing but early-registration rates will apply only to July 31.

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


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