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June 17, 2016

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina women’s soccer hosted youth players from around the community this week in its first day camp of the summer. The five-day event, which wrapped up this afternoon in the Field House, gave girls ages 5-12 the opportunity to train and learn from South Carolina’s coaching staff and current players.

Friday was Tournament Day, as the campers were broken down into age groups and divided into teams. Each team dressed up in a different theme, and squads from all of the age groups competed against one another at Stone Stadium. Champions from each age division were later crowned at the Field House, where the campers gathered together for the last time. The week ended with a message from South Carolina women’s soccer head coach Shelley Smith and an autograph session with the Gamecocks.

Participants received hands-on training on all aspects of soccer throughout the week. Following a morning stretch, a staff demonstration of a daily topic took place before the campers displayed their skills on the field. The camp also featured tricks and challenges in addition to other games and scrimmages.

This week’s day camp was part of Shelley Smith’s Carolina Soccer School, which offers multiple clinics and seminars during the summer. The second session of day camps gets underway next month, and there will also be residential and elite ID camps held in July and August. The Gamecocks will also host their second annual Strength and Conditioning seminar on Sun., July 17. For information on all of the remaining events this summer, visit