MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College head soccer coach Hope Clark made a trip to the South American country of Guyana earlier this month, serving as a guest clinician for the country's U17 National Team.
Clark was on hand to help prepare the team for the CONCACAF Women's U17 Caribbean Qualifiers Tournament. Head coach Akilah Castello and Technical Director Ian Greenwood invited Clark to work with the inexperienced squad, with particular focus on her expertise of goalkeeping.
This marks the second time Clark has traveled to Guyana to work with youth soccer, her last visit coming in 2011.
"I am grateful for the opportunity that the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has provided me to help grow the sport of women's soccer in their country," said Clark. "The GFF has made great strides in the support of the women's game and its development in Guyana since my last visit in 2011 working with the National teams. I enjoyed working with a very young group of women who displayed a lot of heart, effort and pride for their country and sport. The players and staff were very receptive and supportive and I am looking forward to continuing my work with the GFF, Technical Director Ian Greenwood, staff and players as they continue to develop women's soccer in Guyana at the national level.
Clark was on hand to help improve the youthful squad's technical skill leading into the qualifying opener against Barbados Aug. 9 and to foster the love for the game, including the team motto of "One Team, One Dream".
Clark had to hustle back to the states to get the 2017 preseason started for Bobcat Soccer. Georgia College is currently nearing the end of their first week of preseason practice, and will get the season underway Friday, Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. taking on King College on the Carson-Newman University campus.
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