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HLSC experienced significant growth in 2014

Posted by coachpaul on January 17, 2015 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (1)

PK Soccer is well into its 2nd year working with the Hewlett-Lawrence Soccer Club (HLSC), the largest youth sports organization in the Five Towns. HLSC saw an increase in participation over the past year — a figure I believed to be of the growing interest in soccer across the United States the excitement generated by the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the increasing popularity of PK Soccer owner, Coach Paul Kelshaw’s training.

In 2014, HLSC saw its registration grow with significant increases in the summer, fall and winter programs. The growth included new players and players returning to the club. The year featured added awareness of the game through a highly talked about FIFA World Cup, the continued expansion of professional soccer in the area and the introduction of a Sunday afternoon league for 1st-4th grade boys.

“Parents are starting to see the game of soccer and HLSC as perfect place for their children to learn teamwork in a fun educational setting, which translates into a more active youth and stronger community. As we start a new calendar year I am obviously delighted with the growth seen by PK Soccer and HLSC, which continues to feature improved team play and educational programs for all children. As we begin 2015, I expect it will be another exciting year for the club.”

HLSC is proud to be the “Club for ALL Kids,” and it offers several programs to meet the needs of any youth player — from beginners to recreational players to competitive players looking to continue their careers at the Middle School, High School, and even college levels.

I thank you for your continued support as i continue to raise the standards of soccer training and club management.

I look forward to seeing you on the field. Happy New Year to All

Paul Kelshaw

PK Soccer and HLSC Director of Coaching


Tactical use of checking for the ball third man running

Posted by coachpaul on July 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)


This is a great example of how checking back for the ball can open up space for a team-mate. See how the defender follows the striker which allows the center midfielder to make a run into space.

Remember the check to the ball drills we have been running this is what they can do for the team. This works for both forwards checking for the ball or for mid fielders checking for the ball from defenders.

In Picture 1, you can see Drogba, the striker, checking towards Essien, which draws Wheater out of position.

In Picture 2, you can see Lampard making his run from midfield into the space that’s been opened behind Wheater.

This is a textbook example of how central midfielders need to be willing and able to identify and run into space behind the backline in order to keep possession from stagnating.