Winter soccer clinic for kids at Mildred Ave. center

The BCYF Mildred Ave. Community Center and Valeo Futbol Academy are starting a winter soccer clinic for young players looking to improve their skills. The clinic will run from Nov. 26 to March 14 at the BCYF Mildred Ave. Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan. Classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The clinic will be divided into a beginner’s division for 8 to 12-year-olds and an advanced division for 11 to 14-year-olds. The clinic will be directed by Kareem Smith, a former US Jr. National Team and Trinidad Sr. National Team player. He is currently a member of FC Tucson.

Smith, who is originally from Boston, is also a member of the Valeo Futbol club’s coaching staff.

Students will learn dribbling, offensive and escape moves, passing, receiving and other skills.

Jeffrey Jackson, administrative coordinator of the Mildred Ave. BCYF, said the community center has a men’s soccer program on Wednesdays, and a lot of the kids were interested in having their own program.

“We thought it would be a great idea to utilize that resource,” Jackson said.

The soccer clinic will accommodate 40 kids, and Jackson said it was intended for both divisions to have 20 kids each. Along with BCYF’s athletic staff, there will be two coaches for each division.

Jackson said the goal of the clinic was to teach the kids who have never played soccer before how to play, and to help them develop their skills. For those players who do well, the staff will recommend them to a more advanced program.

“We’re not trying to do full-fledged competitive soccer, Jackson said. “We’re just trying to do the beginnings of that.”

The clinic will be held in the community center’s gym during the winter months, and will move outside once the weather gets warmer. For more information about the soccer clinic, call 617-635-1328, or send an email to