Revs Clinic 10-1-17

Brad Knighton, center, a goalkeeper with the New England Revolution, helps conduct a soccer drill for youngsters at the Foxboro Branch of the Hockomock Y Sunday.

It’s not often that kids get to mix it up with their adult sports heroes, but that was the case last week when young soccer enthusiasts took the field with players from the New England Revolution.

“It was awesome. I loved scrimmaging with the real Revolution players,” said Aedan Mulligan, 7, who attended the event at the Hockomock YMCA’s Foxboro branch along with sister Cailin, 8. “The Revolution players signed my soccer ball.”

About 60 area youngsters aged 7-15 attended the two-hour clinic staged by the New England Revolution Academy and players Brad Knighton, Josh Smith and London Woodbury.

The Revolution and players put on dozens of clinics around New England each year. Last week’s event included a 90 minute soccer clinic and a 30-minute question and answer session.

The Foxboro Rotary Club partnered with the Y, the Kraft organization and local parents to host the clinic.

The event was greeted enthusiastically by parents as well as kids who got to go up against the big guys.

“Our kids love soccer, love the Y and love the Revolution,” said Foxboro dad Colin McGuire. “We jumped on it to sign up for the opportunity and just another great day for the kids.”

That was seconded by McGuire’s son Ryan, 8, who participated with brother Jake, 7. “It was very fun,” Ryan said. “I learned a new skill which is to kep the ball in bounds.”

Revolution defender Woodbury said he loved having a role in teaching soccer skills.

“When I was growing up I did not have an opportunity like this,” he said. “This is important for the kids to be able to interact and play soccer with professional athletes. I’m not doing muchon Sunday anyways.”

Hockomock YMCA executive director Patrick Murphy said the Y has a long history of partnering with the Krafts and the Revolution as well as the Patriots.

The Y also collaborated with the Foxboro Rotary Club to stage the event.

“The Rotary Club is happy to support events in the community for families and children,” said Rotary president Hesh Kagan.

Steve Udden and Lew Gordon donated time to provide young players and family members with water, juice and healthy snacks.