Nearly 70 players train at Virginia NPL’s second PDP event
Four months after hosting its first Player Development Program (PDP) event, the Virginia NPL was back at it, as it hosted a US Club Soccer PDP targeting top boys born in 2002-03 and girls born in 2001-02.
The event was held June 6 at Ukrop Park in Richmond, Va., and included 68 players – 37 boys and 31 girls – competing in technical sessions and small-sided games. A total of 16 clubs were represented.
Tentative plans have been made for the Virginia NPL to host another PDP event in August.
The following coaches led the event: Mike Burke (Richmond Kickers), Mike Cullina (Prince William Courage), Christian Cziommer (FC Virginia), Matthew Mittelstaedt (Virginia Rush) and Ryan Taylor (Richmond Kickers).
“It was a great environment for the top players in the Virginia NPL, and in the state, to showcase their abilities, compete and develop,” Matt Lawrey, Virginia NPL PDP director, said. “The coaching staff did an excellent job, and the level of play was a pleasure to watch. We are very much looking forward to the August event.”