“We faced each other last February and discussed getting the community involved in a future camp,” Douglas County head coach Matthew Martin said. “Doing a joint camp allowed us to bring in more than 40 kids together. We’re trying to get our programs to the upper echelon of the county.”
Chapel Hill head coach Katie Wolff said the camp was established to “set a foundation for the young players to develop their skills further and have fun on the soccer field.”
The camp, held on the campus of Douglas County High School, was deemed successful by the coaching staffs.
“We did a great job promoting it and our high school players from both schools helped us instruct the campers,” said Martin.
The weeklong camp also allowed the high school players who oppose each other on the field to develop relationships off the pitch during this offseason.
“They’ve been working well together and pitching ideas to each other during the entire camp,” said Wolff.
Douglas County’s girls’ squad won 14 matches last season and advanced to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
“Our girls have done a good job of staying active this offseason,” said Martin.
Chapel Hill saw its girls’ team win a region championship and advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A playoffs last season.
“The girls have been attending camps this offseason and I’m looking forward to our incoming group of freshmen,” said Wolff.
The Panthers will move up to Class 5A this fall, joining county schools such as Alexander in the same region.
The two schools have plans to hold another joint camp next summer in Douglasville.