In 1996, as Mickey Kydes’ career as a professional soccer player was coming to an end, Mickey was beginning to offer young aspiring soccer players the chance to learn some of the many lessons he had picked up through his many years as a youth, collegiate, and professional soccer player. Through private lessons, summer camps, and coaching a couple of teams, Mickey began the process of turning his deep varied soccer knowledge and experiences into creative, fun, and meaningful educational opportunities for young aspiring soccer players.
Offering young players the opportunity to learn from the pros in a structured and developmentally appropriate learning environment that focused on fun and developing a passion for the game, Mickey Kydes Pro Soccer Camp was the first and longest-lasting component of what would become Mickey Kydes Soccer. Over time as more players and parents began to see the large and positive impact these weekly 1/2 day and full-day camps had on the development of the players, Mickey Kydes Soccer entered the larger-scale task of developing a town recreation and travel program through its relationship with the Old Greenwich/Riverside Soccer Program, Westport Soccer Association, and Wilton Soccer Association. In all of our town relationships, the recreation program is the foundation of success. These entry-level programs are the beginning steps for both parents and players to begin the long process of positive, developmentally appropriate, sports education.
Now with over 28 years of developing, implementing, and managing only the highest quality youth soccer programs for every level of player between the ages of 3 and 18, Mickey Kydes Soccer has positioned themselves as leaders in the fast-growing business of youth soccer. From helping the 3-year-old navigate the first touch of the ball, to assisting town travel boards through the difficult task of managing a large parent volunteer sports educational organization, Mickey Kydes Soccer is well equipped to support individuals and groups through all aspects of the soccer experience.