ATLANTA, GEORGIA—A former college division 1 soccer player is trying to make a difference to the young generation in this side of the United States by offering affordable soccer training to less privileged kids.
David Oldham, co-founder of Art of Soccer Academy is doing the initiative so that kids with less financial status can have the chance to avail themselves of college soccer scholarships in the future.
Guesting before the podcast Mental Fitness Matters hosted by Tracy Alston last May 21, Oldham revealed that he got his college soccer scholarship not by recruitment but by walk-in try-out.
“I am not recruited I walk in and luckily I got the scholarship,” Oldham said.
Oldham said what his academy seeks to achieve is to find less privileged kids in Atlanta ages 6-18 years old and train them at an affordable cost so that they can have a chance to try out for a soccer college scholarship in the future.
“What makes our soccer program special is that we offer holistic learning to our students,” Oldham added.
He said aside from professional soccer players his academy hopes to hone globally competitive kids.
“Soccer is a cerebral game, unlike other games, there is no timeout in soccer so you need to find ways to adjust and make your game plan,” he said.
The former college soccer player said since they started the academy in 2005, they already helped 100 youth and families in South Atlanta.
Oldham said they are very happy with the support given to them by the soccer community in Atlanta.
“What our group needs at the moment is a permanent training facility,” Oldham said.
Oldham said looking for a training facility is not easy since lands are quite expensive but he is hopeful they can acquire it soon.
“If we have our training facility we can do a lot of things,” he said.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.