Learning doesn’t stop when the school day ends, especially at Parish Episcopal where students and the surrounding Dallas community enjoy a wide selection of innovative after school classes through ParishEXTEND. The enrichment program is not contained to just the classroom; it now extends to the soccer field. A new program called ParishKicks will offer a more structured program to PreK – 12th grade recreational soccer players who wish to thrive and grow in their soccer experience.
Created in response to the needs expressed by the parent coaches of independent Parish soccer teams, ParishKicks aims to fill the gap between recreational and competitive club soccer.
“We hope to foster a love of the game and help develop players who are comfortable and confident with their skill on the ball, under pressure,” explained Craig Savage, Parish’s head soccer coach and Upper School science faculty member.
ParishEXTEND has partnered with the Dallas Kicks Soccer Club and its founder and director, Juan Martinez, to develop the philosophy and curriculum.
Although a more formal rollout is planned for next fall, ParishKicks will be offering a camp this summer, June 13-17, 2016. Eventual offerings will include coaches and player clinics, coaching services, team support (registrations, uniforms, etc.) and more.
ParishKicks is another example of how ParishEXTEND presents students with exploration opportunities they wouldn't normally encounter at such a young age. EXTEND participants are not only exposed to physical activity and athletics, they’re also better prepared for other programs offered at Parish - academics, arts, STEM, etc.
“Our youngest students are exposed to robotics and dance beginning in PreK 1, with age appropriate curriculum,” noted Patty Knodel, ParishEXTEND programming manager. “As these children grow and continue to learn through EXTEND, they are able to join our curricular classes at a higher level of ability.”
ParishKicks will give soccer players the same opportunity to improve their skills. You can find more information about ParishKicks and other ParishEXTEND programs at parishepiscopal.org/EXTEND.