Nicoyan girls who have a passion for kicking the ball and sweating on the field are in luck. This November, the Female Soccer School (Escuela de Futbol Base Femenino) will be opened in Nicoya.
The school will kick off on November 22 and will receive girls from six to 12 years old, divided into U-8, U-10 and U-12 age groups.
The new school would be at the Guadalupe neighborhood soccer field, next to the cemetery.
The project is an initiative of Jose Luis Juarez Ramirez, a teacher, and is supported by the Canton Sports Committee and the National Women’s Soccer Union (UNIFUT – Union Nacional de Futbol Femenino).
Juarez’s idea is to train girls from an early age so they become familiar when they’re little, not just with the discipline of the sport, but also with the practical and theoretical concepts that are used in modern soccer.
“Girls learn faster than boys, but trained people are needed to work with them, because they deserve different treatment. Women’s soccer requires planning, and you have to learn how to manage adverse factors, and above all have good communication,” said Juarez.
Juarez, who works as a physical education teacher at local elementary and high schools, lives in the Guadalupe neighborhood in Nicoya. He has had a long career in women’s soccer and is accredited by UNIFUT, ICODER and FIFA.
In 1995, he began to work with young women for the national games. He won the bronze medal with Nicoya’s team at the 2009 Caribbean Games and a silver medal in 2010 at the Alajuela National Games. Currently, he directs the Nicoyan Sports Association, a team with which he placed second in the national U-15 tournament consecutively in 2013 and 2014.
Other members of the coaching team that will assist Juarez include Pamela Briceño, Laura Rivera, Dania Hernandez and Hazel Jimenez, all of whom have a background in sports.
Juarez and his team will be visiting the canton’s schools to promote the project and provide information to girls, teachers and parents. At the same time, they will give details about enrollment, schedules and costs.