CHARLIE COOKE Co Founder & Director Coerver Coaching North America & MATEO AT-STATHI Head Coach AISS
Lehman HS Summer 2013
At-Stathi Indoor Soccer School (AISS) has a mission to provide the girls and boys of the Bronx and surrounding communities with a more affordable and still competitive sports organization that allows them to excel and grow as players and people. To coaches, AISS offers the opportunity to lead a team in a non-political and liberal environment with sole focus on the kids’ development as soccer players.
At-Stathi Indoor Soccer School is dedicated to promoting youth soccer and the positive aspects that team sports play in the development of our children. We support youth soccer in the Bronx as a medium to enhance children's confidence and leadership skills, promote teamwork, and contribute to a brighter future for them. Combining the benefits of soccer and schooling, (AISS) partners with Bronx communities to improve opportunities for Bronx schoolchildren. Each year the league provides a venue for over 400 kids to participate in both recreational and competitive soccer programs. We are open to all children ages 4 through 14 in the Bronx community. Our program is designed to introduce the sport of soccer to youngsters living in communities not yet served by existing clubs or leagues.
We offer 60 minutes of instruction to familiarize kids with basic rules and fundamentals followed by controlled scrimmages. Classes meet once a week. We are committed in helping each kid reach their full potential by providing personal attention, skill development, and quality instructions.
Our objective is to help all players reach their highest potential. We start them on the right path, set their dreams in motion, fire up their imagination, and leave them empowered to reach those goals. Our coaches are master teachers whose demonstrations include demanding instruction, step-by-step clarification, and playful joking to bring out the most sensitive technical points for children to grasp and imitate. They have a great understanding cognitive, psychosocial, and motor development of youth, knowledge about components of physical fitness and appropriate training principles, knowledge of sport and physical activities including skills, rules, officiating techniques for a variety of activities. Creating a warm, supportive atmosphere for children and seeing as role models, our coaches are exemplarily good leaders for our program.
The growth of our organization has been phenomenal. We have grown leaps and bounds at all levels, gaining immense popularity with parents and their children. We are increasingly looking for ways to improve the existing program. Children have the marvelous opportunity to participate in our after school Soccer activities. Complete with team uniforms and a variety of games, they enjoy the program and learn the fundamentals of soccer, as well as learning how to be part of a team.
It's truly wonderful to see children cheering each other on - as they need just one more goal, as the buzzer is about to sound! The program fosters our children's growing physical abilities and their growing pride in their athletic accomplishments.