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Spring 2024 - General Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Age Groupings:

Boys and Girls born between 7/1/2019 and 7/1/2021.

Note:
Due to our town policies our Learn2Play program can only be offered to residents of Enfield, Connecticut.

Equipment:
Shin guards, socks, cleats/sneakers, size 3 soccer ball, water bottle. ESA Program Shirt issued by ESA at the first session.

Spring 2024 - General Information and Frequently Asked Questions

What is Learn2Play?

Learn2Play is an instructional developmental program offered to residents of Enfield, CT only. The children will learn basic introductory skills and knowledge in a fun, safe, and positive environment.

What is the cost to sign up for Learn2Play?

Learn2Play is a FREE program made possible by our generous sponsors from the Enfield region.

When does the season begin?

The spring Learn2Play season begins in early April and concludes in mid-June.  For the fall the Learn2Play season begins in early September and concludes in mid-November.

What day does the program take place?

Learn2Play sessions takes place on Saturday mornings.  The program runs for 8 Saturdays each season.  There are no sessions in the spring during Memorial Day Weekend or during the fall during Columbus Day Weekend.

Are there practices and games?

For the first 6 weeks of Learn2Play the instructional format is designed as clinic style training.  Weeks 7 and 8 incorporate scrimmage soccer games that follow a 3v3 and 4v4 format.

Can I drop my child off and just return at the end of the session?

This is not an option for the Learn2Play program.  A parent or guardian must be present at all times while his/her child is participating.

My child would like to play with a friend. Is this possible?

After registering, please send any friend requests via email to jeff@enfieldsoccer.com.  We will do our best to honor friend requests but can’t always guarantee it.

Who are the coaches?

We choose experienced coaches to lead each field.  Volunteers from our high school, competitive and academy teams also fill in to assist with the sessions each week.  If you have an interest in helping coach your child’s field at Learn2Play each week please email jeff@enfieldsoccer.com.

Learn2Play Program Directors

The ESA is very excited about the Learn2Play program.  We are happy to announce that our directors for this program will be Jeff Rousseau and Jay Rousseau (see below bios).  Both Jeff and Jay are committed to providing the children with an enjoyable soccer experience.  They have assembled a great coaching staff that includes some very talented and knowledgeable adult coaches as well as a group of energetic junior counselors. 

Jeff Rousseau

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Program Director

Jeff has been involved in soccer for 37 years and has fulfilled roles within the game as a player, coach, referee, and administrator.  He has held the position of “Director” of several youth soccer camps held throughout Massachusetts.  As a player, Jeff captained his Agawam High School team and he later went on to play collegiate soccer at Western New England University. He then became the player/coach for Coca-Cola United.  Jeff has coached both boys and girls soccer at many different levels. He coached boys soccer at Agawam High School, girls premier soccer for Soccer City Premier (SCP) and boys premier soccer for Juventus. Jeff has also coached at the recreational and competitive travel level in both Agawam and Enfield.  Jeff's dedication to the growth of youth soccer in Enfield is what brought the Learn2Play program to life.

Jay Rousseau

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Program Director

One of the finest soccer players ever to wear a green jersey, Jay Rousseau was captain of his Enfield High School soccer team. As a youth, he played soccer in Enfield. Jay also played for some of the region’s premier clubs in Connecticut to include West Hartford Premier and Oakwood Premier. He received the honor of being selected to play within Connecticut’s Olympic Development Program from 2003-2005. Jay has coached soccer in Enfield at the recreational and competitive levels for the last seven years.  Jay is a lifelong resident of Enfield, he has a passion to bring as many of Enfield's youth into the game of soccer.  This starts with the Learn2Play program.  Jay is both SafeSport Certified and Head's Up certified.