There’s a new kids’ soccer option in Corvallis, brought here by an Englishman relocated from Florida. It’s called Euro Soccer Schools, Oregon. The franchise has been in California and Florida since 2005. The local ESS was started by Peter Beam, a former ESS head coach in Orlando.
The new program started Sept. 9. Beam said that he was extremely pleased with the first week. “So far every parent has commented on how varied and exciting our soccer sessions have been,” Beam said. “More importantly, the children love what we do and it’s so satisfying to see them have so much fun.”
The program is for Pre-K to 8th-graders with one-hour sessions split into three age groups. Sessions are held on Monday for Pre-K to 2nd grade, Wednesday for 3rd to 5th grades, and Friday for 6th to 8th grades from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Williams Field on Conifer Boulevard. Kids can sign up anytime. The cost is $40 for four weeks. The current capacity of the program is 50 kids per session.
“We will accommodate all children but it helps us if we know ahead of time so that we can schedule in coaches,” said Beam. “Our basic rule is that every child has a ball, and at the moment, we have 50 balls.”
Beam moved to Corvallis with his wife when she got a job at OSU. He was born in Salisbury, England. He relocated to Florida with his wife in 2012 and joined Euro Soccer Schools before making his way to Oregon.
More information about registration and the program is online at www.eurosoccerschools.com. Kids can also “pop along to a session and complete a form in person,” Beam said. “No matter how children sign up, our first session acts as a ‘taster’ and is free of charge!”
By Lana Jones