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Ria Hughes chases one of the soccer players at the recent British soccer camp at the Greenwood Recreation Centre in Petrolia. About 26 kids came out to take tips from the British coaches.


Even when we’re playing soccer it seems Canadians are polite people.

That was the observation from Ria Hughes, one of two top-notch coaches from the United Kingdom who came to Petrolia last week to teach soccer at a British Soccer camp.

For the past couple of years, Petrolia Minor Soccer has been hosting the event. This year about 26 younger players joined the fun at the Greenwood Recreation Centre.

Hughes and her partner ran skill drills and played games with the kids teaching them some of the tricks of the trade.

Hughes coaches in Wales and says while Canadian kids may not follow soccer as religiously as British kids, they do want to learn.

“Back home the kids know a lot more about soccer because we have things like the Premier League,” says Hughes. “But some of the children her get into the sport…back home they know exactly what to do.

“But children her are more behaved,” says Hughes. “They want to learn from us, they’re more intrigued.”