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OPENING OPPORTUNITIES – Soccer School Makes Even the Youngest Children Dream

BY Hayleen Noguera

Among yells,laughs, dreams, desires and hopes of becoming part of one of the first division soccer teams, you will find the 29 children that get together every Friday for over a month now in the Esperanza plaza. These youngsters rely on the technical direction of a well-known strategist, both regionally and nationally, Mr. Macedonio Baltodano.

He has on his resume important participation with the National Team in gold cups, the America cup, Worldwide Childhoods, and Special Olympics (with the achievement of young Uvaldo Rodriguez – Garza native and gold medal winner in the recently passed Special Olympics). He has worked teaching Physical Education for 19 years and today, despite being retired, has the mission to form, educate and prepare these children beginning their fundamental life in soccer “away from vices and drugs” says sir Macedonio, ‘el Che’, as he is known in the world of soccer.

“It would be nice to see to see two or 3 three of these kids be part of a National team in the future, there is a lot of talent here; they are very talented kids, maybe some of them could also be part of one of the best teams in Costa Rica. That’s the objective”, he said.

The idea of opening a soccer school and giving the children of Esperanza and surrounding areas the opportunity to better prepare themselves on the sports field comes from Isidro López and Gustavo Castillo, both Esperanza natives who upon seeing both the technical and tactical limitations of many children at try-out time for different renowned national level clubs, proposed to give the kids the opportunity of improved preparation, and by doing so open the doors in the soccer field, which is perhaps the dream of many.


 

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