Soccer coaches from across the world visit Dothan

By: Taylor Tannebaum Email
By: Taylor Tannebaum Email

Around here, football is king. But for these foreign few, futbol is played on a pitch. Stephen McCarthy and Dale Lloyed left their homes in Ireland and England to bring the sport they love to kids in the United States.

Soccer, or Futbol as they call it, is the #1 sport in the UK. Lloyd and McCarthy believe soccer is a growing sport here in the U.S. Through the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, the two made their way here to teach kids the fundamentals of soccer in a fun environment.

Kids from all over the Wiregrass took to the field to get lessons from the foreign futbol players. This is McCarthy's second time doing the program and Lloyd's first. As they make their rounds around the country, they are housed by different host families in every city. McCarthy says he's enjoying the South because the lifestyle is a lot different than anywhere he's ever been and notes that the people are extremely nice.

Lloyd says that soccer has played an amazing role in his life. It's taught him life lessons to use both on and off the field and that he enjoys being able to expose young kids to the sport that he loves.

After their time in Dothan is done, they will move on to another city to do it all over again!

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