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RICHMOND, Va. – This summer, VCU soccer is teaming up with Own Touch Soccer and Futsal RVA to bring a unique soccer experience to kids in the Richmond area.

Head Coach Dave Giffard is partnering with Own Touch's Greg Simmonds and Don Hughes to host the first-ever Tiki-Taka Training Camp at St. Christopher's School. The camp will run from July 7-11 and is open for players of all skill levels, ages 6 to 14.

"At the core of our Tiki-Taka style here at VCU is the technical ability of the individual player. With this in mind we have created a week-long curriculum designed to inspire players to spend more time with the ball while applying their technical skill to their play in small and large groups," Giffard said.

With over 60 years of coaching experience between these three coaches alone, this camp will definitely be nothing but beneficial to those who attend. Players can expect to be joined by VCU players, current and past, as well as Own Touch mentors and coaches.

In addition, highly successful coaches from FutsalRVA will be on hand to train players for the futsal portion of the camp. With National Championships and numerous National Championship finals appearances under their belts, these coaches are well versed in the sport of futsal and are very prepared to help develop the technical game of Richmond's players.

The 2014 Tiki-Taka Training Camp at St. Christopher's will uniquely combine both aspects of traditional outdoor soccer and the fast-paced futsal you can see all across the world.

During the morning session, players will be split into age-appropriate groups and will train on the outdoor training fields located on St. Christopher's grounds. While outside, players will focus more on soccer-specific techniques such as shooting, passing, technical control of the ball, defensive positioning, offensive attacking, juggling, and much more.

After lunch, players will pick up the pace a bit and start rotating through futsal games and training inside the state-of-the-art St. Christopher's Fieldhouse, as well as small-sided, skill-appropriate scrimmages on the outdoor playing fields. Players will participate in more training that will help develop fast/accurate passing, proper movement off the ball, and a better knowledge of defending and attacking in man-down and equal-sided situations.