Rec Academy Nights & School Of Excellence




Rec Academy Nights & School Of Excellence



Welcome to the Pinellas Flames, and thank you for your interest in our program.  The aim of the Rec Academy Night is to provide the recreational players the opportunity of working with our professional staff coaches to improve and develop their soccer skills in a low-pressure environment, with an emphasis on individual player development and fun.

All players in the Rec Academy will have the opportunity to participate in (2) two 5 week blocks.

For our U7 thru U12 players, each session will focus on a combination of technical development and small sided games.  After your child experiences the VSI Pinellas Flames training program they will be a better player; technically more sound, tactically more aware, and better prepared to take on all future soccer endeavors.

Upon completion of the final 5 week block, players that stand out and show their desire to take their soccer skills to the next level, will be invited to participate in the Pinellas Flames School of Excellence.  Those accepting the invitation will continue their training in a small group environment, where they will experience an academy type training atmosphere.  Training by our professionally licensed coaching staff allows for growth as a player and a person throughout their soccer experience, and better prepares the player for success both on the field and off. 

Our program will be led by the Coordinator for the School of Excellence , Christopher Powell, with over 18 years of coaching experience at the youth level, and a history and passion of working with young players promoting the leadership skills, sportsmanship, and general love for the “beautiful game”.

Each session will be an hour long, and will consist of a player to coach ratio of approximately 10:1.



Age Group Gender
U07 thru U09 Boys & Girls: 08/01/03 to 07/31/06
U10 thru U12 Boys & Girls: 08/01/00 to 07/31/03


Session Dates/Cost

Rec Academy I ($55) --  Nov 2nd, Nov 9th, Nov 16th, Nov 30th, & Dec 7th

Rec Academy II ($55) -- Jan 4th, Jan 11th, Jan 18th, Jan 25th,  & Feb 1st


Register for both Rec Academy Sessions combined for a reduced fee of $95.


Register here for the Rec Academy Nights.


School Of Excellence ($100)

1st half sessions -- Feb 8th, Feb 15th, Feb 22nd, & Mar 1st.

Spring Break.

2nd half sessions -- Mar 22nd, Mar 29th, Apr 5th,  & Apr 12th


A similar, but separate, fee of $100 for the School of Excellence (SOE) participants will be incurred by those invited to the program, and includes 8 Training sessions, a School of Excellence uniform, and facility & staff fees.



     Rec Training Program Times
U07 thru U09 Boys & Girls: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
U10 thru U12 Boys & Girls: 7:00pm to 8:00pm

All Academy Sessions will be located at our Puryear Park complex (501 Lee Street NE, St. Petersburg,)

Registration is open to all players.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Soccer Regards,
VSI Pinellas Flames
Christopher Powell
Director/Staff Coach

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