Statewide health restrictions are keeping Storm King FC’s select squads from games, but the organization nonetheless is finding a way to keep players on the peninsula active.
The Storm King soccer club is returning to the pitch this summer with a new, COVID-19 compliant skill development program open to youths of all ages and abilities.
Club president Kevin McGruther, who called 2019 the most successful for Storm King “by all measures” in its 28-year existence, said that “the challenges of 2020 provide the perfect opportunity to exercise our club values of top quality service, resilience, respect, community partnership and determination.”
Club leaders consulted officials with Clallam County’s health department, Washington Youth Soccer and Clallam County Parks & Recreation Department in developing a safe return-to-play plan.
Storm King FC Select Soccer’s training registration is open, and the club’s new SKFC Shooting Stars program serving ages 3-5 and 6-8 is starting up.
The club will also host a Challenger Soccer Summer Camp at Agnew Fields, set for July 6-10.
The club also will continue its partnership with Peninsula College’s men’s and women’s soccer program, one of the premier junior college programs in the nation.
“Our coaches and players are looking forward to getting back to everything soccer as soon as it’s safe to do so,” Rick Ross, associate dean of athletics at Peninsula College, said.
“We have a long relationship with Port Angeles Youth Soccer Club and Storm King FC and will do all we can within the scope of this pandemic to support them again this fall,” Ross said.
There are no tryouts for this new summer training program.