The Macon County Soccer Club launched a new Academy Program this fall, for boys and girls under 10 years of age. In the first season, the Macon County Academy players met opponents from eight different clubs altogether, and for many of them, it was the first opportunity to travel and play outside of the county. Players are grouped into girls, boys, or coed teams for game days, to create the best possible experience for the players.
The Academy Program focuses on skills development and building solid fundamentals in youth players. In North Carolina, the Academy program began in 2007 and has grown to more than 70 clubs statewide. In the west, there are just four neighboring clubs with Academy teams within an hour drive, but larger clubs like ABYSA in Asheville host invitational tournaments each season, which draw a couple dozen regional clubs. The Macon Academy players plan to attend the state Academy showcase in the spring, where they will compete against some of the best clubs in the state.