The Houston Dynamo have restructured the various youth soccer initiatives within Houston Dynamo Youth Programs, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, the club announced today.
Dynamo Youth Programs will now be separated into two categories based on the focus of the players and programming: Discovery Programs and Recreational Programs.
The new system creates a progressive system of athlete development provides a challenging curriculum that allows players of all ages and abilities to discover the game within a group of peers on a level playing field. All activities will be conducted under the close supervision of the Dynamo’s experienced staff.
Discovery Programs are designed for competitive male and female soccer players seeking an opportunity to improve and showcase their skills. These programs are also designed to provide a pathway to the Dynamo Academy, and potentially to the Dynamo first team.
Discovery Programs encompass a variety of curriculum-based camps and training sessions led by the club’s professionally-certified coaching staff. Discovery Programs currently include Development Centers, Residential Camps, Academy ID Programs, and Goalkeeper Training Programs.
Development Centers (formerly known as the Center of Excellence Program) offer supplemental skill and tactical training to competitive male and female soccer players born between 2006-2009 and provides a route into the Junior Academy. Development Centers operate as weekly sessions in three seasons in the calendar year.
The Houston Dynamo and Dash Residential Camps are open to players of all ability levels who are interested in a high-level camp experience. Training sessions will be held at Houston Sports Park with accommodation and meals provided at the nearby University of St Thomas. The camp includes mandatory full room and board during the four-day sessions for all players.
Registration is now open for Dynamo Development Centers and Residential Camps. To register, visit HoustonDynamoAcademy.com.
Recreational Programs are focused on inclusive participation and are open to a variety of ages, genders, and skill levels. Recreational Programs currently include Dynamo/Dash Camps, which are aimed at players aged 5-12 looking for a challenging soccer experience or a fun introduction to the game.
Dynamo/Dash Camps operate over four-day periods where players are grouped by age and experience. Spring Break, Summer and Winter camps are offered at the Houston Sports Park, a variety of Greater Houston YMCA locations, and other select facilities throughout the greater Houston area.
For dates and more information on Recreational Programs, please visit HoustonDynamoAcademy.com.