Wessington Springs area kids had the unique opportunity to learn from the best last Saturday, when head soccer coaches from Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) brought a free, traveling soccer clinic to the elementary school gymnasium.

“I appreciate the relationship I’ve had with the Wessington Springs soccer community over the years,” said Clay Glasgow, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at DWU. “I always enjoy coming to Wessington Springs — it’s definitely the smallest community we travel to but no matter the size of the school, I love seeing the kids show so much passion for soccer.” 

Glasgow and his team of coaches and players travel all over South Dakota to encourage the love of the sport. They have previously conducted clinics in Rapid City, Brandon, Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Yankton.

Laura Poncelow, board member of the Springs Soccer Association said that the relationship with Glasgow began at clinics in Mitchell. 

“A few of our kids have attended Clay's summer camp down in Mitchell the last couple years.  He's a really fun guy, and does a great job engaging the kids and getting them excited about soccer,” Poncelow said. “After visiting with him there, he mentioned he would be open to coming up to Wessington Springs.”

The clinic was available to kids from Kindergarten up to grade 12 and focused on the technical aspects of the sport so that kids can refine their skills and ultimately, stick with it .

Glasgow said one of his main goals is to expand the game across South Dakota — and his efforts have been paying off. 

“At the end of the day, we want to make sure soccer is in the conversation of sanctioned sports in South Dakota,” he said. “In South Dakota we are seeing so much more excitement — at both the competitive and recreational level.