Ursuline Academy Continues Partnership with Coerver Louisiana
Ursuline Academy continues to partner with Coerver Louisiana this year as a parent option program offered on the school’s campus for an additional fee. Girls are able to develop their skills through this internationally recognized program of excellence.
Coerver® Coaching was founded in 1984, by Alf Galustian and former Chelsea FC great Charlie Cooke, who were both inspired by the philosophy of legendary Dutch coach, Wiel Coerver. Together, they developed a program of teaching that was unlike anything else available then or now. Coerver Coaching is now in 47 countries and 28 States in the US. It is an international standard for quality coaching and player development.
In 2018, Coach Michael Plaisance of Coerver Louisiana reached out to Ursuline Academy, where his grandmother and sister attended school to start offering this quality training for developing our Middle School girls. Just after Thanksgiving that fall, Coerver training sessions began in the Wellness Center for 17 girls - exceeding the capacity of the planned initial offering. The middle school soccer program began to blossom - in both numbers of girls participating and in quality of soccer being played. The Coerver offering continues with Ursuline Academy Middle School Soccer today. Last year due to COVID precautions, the sessions needed to be outside and maintain distancing. These sessions were held on the turf fields at the Fly of Carrollton Boosters. This year the sessions have returned to being held in the Wellness Center on Ursuline's Campus.
Girls continue to drill on the discipline of developing their own technique, handling challenges, looking for the next step - how can I challenge myself to be better? Ursuline Academy's partnership with Coerver Louisiana is paying dividends in our girl's confidence. Our girls improved footwork, appreciation for the game, and making Ursuline Academy soccer like no other in the area. The youngest group to have started the training in 2018 - won the 7th grade Girls New Orleans Athletic League championship last season. We look forward to the continued partnership with Coerver Louisiana in improving the development of Ursuline girls for soccer!