Rainier Valley Slammers offer skills training to all of our current players:
- "Friday Night Lights" is a weekly technical training session open to all RVS players. The sessions are planned in accordance with the weekly team training development plan.
- Weekly training sessions for all RVS goalkeepers are held throughout the year with our GK Coach Kelly Bendixen. Kelly is a highly experienced USSF National ‘A’ and a NSCAA National Level 1 GK License holder.
- RVS holds specialized skills trainings at various times throughout the year, conducted by Walid and Ziad Khoury of Slammers FC.
Slammers Spring Friday Night Lights Academy
The Slammers Friday Night Lights Academy is intended for players that would like to challenge themselves and improve their technical game. The Slammers curriculum is created by the Cal Slammers and will help each player develop the skills necessary to compete on a higher level. Slammers Coaches and alumni will lead each training group. The FNL Academy consists of 4 (1 hour) sessions on Friday nights, and is designed as an enhancement to the player’s current team training.
Open to Slammers and AYSA Players. All FNL registered players are also welcome to participate in ‘open soccer’ sessions on the White field on Friday nights. We will supply pug goals, soccer balls and cones. The players will create their own games and activities. The players can attend the open game sessions either before or after their scheduled FNL technical sessions.
Who: Boys & Girls, Ages 7-17
Where: Game Farm Park
Time: U7=U10 5:30PM / U11-U14 6:45PM / U15-up 8PM
Dates: Begins Friday, June 3,10,17 and July 1
The keeper training session will be held at Muckleshoot Tribal School (15209 SE 376th Street| Auburn, WA) every Wednesdays. Any questions, please contact Becky Lindor.
Note: Training dress code: Blue or silver jersey, blue shorts, blue socks (with the exception of goalie training session, goalies are allowed to wear their own goalie jersey/pants). All jerseys, shorts and socks must be club apparel. No substitutes. Absolutely NO "non-club" apparel at any time. Times/day/location are subject to change so please check the web site for updates to the training schedule.
Specialized Skills Training
Walid Khoury and Cheyne Gordon works with our coaches and players in further developing our players skill set utilizing the Slammers FC training curriculum. The coach's visit iin June is one of many this year by the Coaching staff from our sister Club in Southern California.
Walid Khoury, Slammers FC Director of Coaching
Walid along with his brother, Ziad, have become two of the most recognizable faces and personalities on the sidelines of youth soccer fields all over the nation. Walid has experienced inarguable success with the Slammers FC. The club has remained one of Soccer America’s top ten clubs in the nation over the past six years. He was selected as Cal South Nike Coach of the Year in 2003, along with receiving Cal South Presidents award in 2003 for his years of dedication and contribution to youth soccer. As assistant coach for the Pali Blues USL W-league team he helped them in 2008 to a 12-0 undefeated season and the W-league championship. The brothers have placed numerous players in every major Division-1 conference, and over 15 players have participated in the national team system. Under the tutelage of the Khoury brothers, Alexa Orand was named the 2004 National Player of the Year and Danesha Adams was selected the 2006 U.S. Soccer Federation Youth Player of the Year.
Cheyne Gordon, Slammers FC Staff Coach
Associate Head Coach for the Women’s Soccer team at Concordia University Irvine…a top 25 program in the NAIA. Gordon holds his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "B" license, and has served for the Cal South U.S. Olympic Development Program since 2009, winning 2 regional titles with the 1997 girls. Gordon, who earned his bachelor's from Concordia in 2005, is in his second year coaching with Slammers FC in Newport Beach, after having previously coached in the ECNL and Red Bull League for Irvine Strikers. His club coaching résumé also includes stints at the RSM Storm and Orange County Blue Star semi-pro team. He served as a varsity men's assistant coach for Canyon High School from 2002-2004. A four-year player at Concordia, Gordon served as a team captain. He scored 15 goals and racked up 46 career points thanks to 16 assists—which ranks No. 4 on the school charts.