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City of Irvine Supports Volunteer Food and Supply Drive Tomorrow, 7/11!

City of Irvine Supports Volunteer Food and Supply Drive Tomorrow, 7/11!

courtesy of cirtyofirvine.org

The City of Irvine is supporting a volunteer-driven food and school supply drive benefiting Families Forward

The community is invited to participate in an “Irvine Neighbors Helping Irvine Neighbors” drive-through food and school supply collection event on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Drop-off collection will be held at the Orange County Great Park (Lot 2, Festival Lot).

Neighbors are teaming up to support Families Forward due to an increase in requests for assistance. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Families Forward indicates food assistance requests have increased 1000%.

They are in most need of the following items:

  • Pasta Sauce & Dried Pasta
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Rice (1lb or 2lb bags)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Canned Chicken or Tuna
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Pencils
  • Binders
  • Pocket Folders
  • Lined Paper
  • Highlighters

The event will be staffed by Families Forward volunteers as a “drop-and-go” with items being removed from the trunk of vehicles to adhere to social distancing requirements. Participants are required to remain in their vehicles.

Families Forward is an Orange County, California, non-profit that exists to help families that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, education, and other support services. It assists families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. As Families Forward explains, “We do not just provide support; we supply the tools for families to once again become independent, productive residents of the community.”

To make a financial donation to Families Forward visit, www.families-forward.org

At one time or another, any family may find itself in need of some form of support. If you are in need of support, please contact Families Forward at (949) 552-2727 or info@families-forward.org

Location Address:

Orange County Great Park (Lot 2)
8000 Great Park Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92618

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Coach Jesus Olivera is Recognized for LFCIA’s Global Session of the Month!

Coach Jesus Olivera is Recognized for LFCIA’s Global Session of the Month 

Andrew Nicholas, LFCIA’ s Senior Manager of Soccer Schools Coaching, announced yesterday that Jesus Olivera received this outstanding recognition!

“June’s global session of the month goes all the way to California! Jesus Olivera from LFC IA SoCal has built a fantastic YDP, Week 1 ‘in possession in the defensive half’ session. Using the program overview in the Curriculum and the correct blocks from the appropriate libraries on SSP (Sports Session Planner), his session contains all the elements of an authentic, age appropriate session. Great work Jesus. I must praise Gaz (Garreth) Barker as there has been a lot of great sessions from SoCal coaches this month on SSP and we appreciate the effort you have all been putting in. Keep up the good work everyone.”

Nicholas added “We assess hundreds of sessions on our system each month from all the LFC IAs around the world so to be selected as the best session in any given month is an impressive accolade.” 

CONGRATULATIONS JESUS!

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Congratulations May Coach of the Month Winners!

Congratulations May Coach of the Month Winners!

With several outstanding nominations each, we are excited to announce that our May Coach of the Month Winners are……

Girls Coach of the Month: Jamie Rose

Boys Coach of the Month: Liam Brader

It is with great pride we report that 27 of our coaches received nominations from either a player or parent from one of their teams!   THANK YOU to those that took the time to nominate your coach and share examples of how each of them are exemplifying our Core Values, and exceeding the high standards set forth by LFC! 

The following is just a couple examples of the many nominations we received for Coach Liam and Coach Jamie:

“I nominate Liam Brader for coach of the month because he went above and beyond and demonstrated commitment, respect, belief, and leadership to our B2006 team during the Spring COVID quarantine/ shut down starting the first day. Specifically, Liam organized daily team workouts and kept players motivated & accountable by asking each player to submit a video + result of their regular exercise to the entire team via WhatsApp.    This program was in addition to the regular training and zoom meetings organized by the club.   Going on nearly 90 days, Liam provided nearly 1400+ (90×16) individual feedbacks to each player’s video and result in WhatsApp for all players and parents to see and respond.  I have not heard of anyone else doing this, and I imagine it took hours each day to review the videos and comment. ”  

“We are new to coach Liam’s team and I can say that it’s a refreshing change from where we came from. In the short time that he has been my son’s coach I have noticed a positive change in my son. My son is no longer playing in fear but playing more free. Liam was quick to identify Connor’s strengths and weaknesses and use it to the teams advantage. He was lucky enough to play in National Cup with the 08’s and was so happy that he was able to play more than one position. Liam showed me that he is patient and passionate with the kids. During the covid break Liam continued to communicate with the team daily with exercises and drills. He also called to check in on my son to make sure we were ok. I am so looking forward to an exciting season of growth and success with Liam.”

“When Johnny was asked to try out for the club after she attended a camp, we were hesitant. We had heard some pretty bad stories about coaches and families once you go to club level. Luckily, Johnny was selected for Jamie’s team and we have had the best experience! So much so that two of our other daughters now play for Liverpool. Jamie cares so much about these girls and their development, not just as soccer players, but as people. Jamie creates a great learning environment.He really has that great balance of making training fun and keeping the girls accountable at the same time. Trust me, those girls know when it’s time to get to work! Johnny has grown so much as a player since she has been with Jamie, it’s amazing. She’s learned so much about the game, reading the field, reading teammates, skills just keep improving and he’s given her the ability to play in three different positions to keep her learning while still elevating team play. He gives his players opportunities to develop in all areas. He doesn’t pigeon hole them, he lets them develop. Jamie leads with a warmth and passion and easily motivates his teams. He loves the game and it shows in his coaching and it’s infectious! He handles himself beautifully on the sidelines even when none of us would blame him for losing it! He really strives to lead by example and it shows in our girls play and presentation on the field. Jamie really is a gem and we appreciate him very much. There’s no question in our minds he should be recognized for all he does and who he is. He’s a big donut and we love him!”

“Coach Rose has been so diligent in keeping the team active, upbeat, and informed especially with the current circumstances of the Covid-19 Pandemic. With the approaching return to the fields and training he has been very professional about preparing his teams for readiness. Given their younger age (9) it is with great care that he has brought a sense of normalcy to their lives and kept the virtual training regimens fun and instructive.”

Thank you again for your nominations; please keep them coming!

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City of Irvine Issues Amended Face Covering Order

City of Irvine Issues Amended Face Covering Order

courtesy of cirtyofirvine.org

IRVINE, Calif. (June 26, 2020): On Wednesday, June 24, Irvine City Manager John Russo, in his capacity as Director of Emergency Services, released an amended Executive Order requiring the use of face coverings.

This amendment aligns with new guidance from the California Department of Health. “This Order was originally implemented by the Irvine Disaster Council on April 8, to safeguard our residents, businesses, and visitors from the spread of COVID-19,” stated City Manager John Russo. “By aligning our Order with the most recent statewide guidance, we continue the necessary measures to protect our community. It is critical we work together and follow health directives, allowing businesses to reopen and individuals to get back to work.” 

Other existing guidelines remain in effect, such as the need to maintain six feet of social distancing, wash your hands frequently, refrain from touching your face, and stay home when ill.   

The Executive Order states all Irvine residents and visitors shall wear a cloth face covering or face shield when:

  • In a public place;
  • Visiting a retail, commercial or other place of business;
  • At work, and;
  • When the resident or visitor is not able to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from another person who is not a family/household member or live in the same living unit.

Additional requirements to this Order include:

  1. All businesses must cause their patrons, in addition to their employees, to wear face coverings and observe social distancing and infection control requirements.
  2. Businesses allowed to reopen must post signage advising patrons of the face cover and social distancing requirements.
  3. Failure to enforce face covering obligation can ultimately result in store closure.
  4. Failure for individuals to comply with this Order are subject to civil enforcement actions.

The face covering order shall not apply to children under the age of 2; to anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face-covering or face shield without assistance; or to persons with a medical or mental health condition, or development disability, that prevents wearing a cloth face covering or face shield.

This Order will remain in effect until terminated or amended by further Order of the Director of Emergency Services.

Read the full Executive Order here

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Liverpool FC are the 2019/2020 Premier League Champions!

Liverpool FC are the 2019/2020 Premier League Champions!

Courtesy of liverpoolfc.com

The Reds clinched the 2019-20 premier league crown after Wednesday’s 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield! Manchester City needed a win against Chelsea and came up short.

The 2-1 defeat for City at Stamford Bridge ensures Jürgen Klopp’s side cannot mathematically be caught in the table.

Liverpool secured the club’s 19th league title, ending a 30-year wait following their previous success in 1990.

In an unprecedented campaign, the club have claimed the championship earlier than any other side in Premier League history, doing so with seven games still to be contested.

The Reds equalled a top-flight record of 18 successive victories – and also set a new landmark for number of consecutive league home triumphs, with the win against Palace, which was their 23rd in a row.

Their record for the season so far stands at 86 points accumulated after 31 matches played; 28 wins, two draws and only one defeat.

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WE’RE BACK!

WE’RE BACK!

It is with pure excitement that we announce that our coaches and players took the field for practice Monday and Tuesday afternoon; the first time in 3 months! 

Players reported for practice this past Monday and Tuesday afternoon, and were welcomed by teammates and their coach, as well as some beautiful California weather!  Reports from the fields is that the new safety protocols are also welcomed and appreciated.  

It took just a few minutes for the players to adapt to their new “grid” playing; their laughs, smiles, amd sweat confirming that playing in a socially distant grid is way better than not playing at all!

Several coaches have shared positive feedback from their team’s parents, thanking them and our club for providing a safe environment for their player to return to playing the sport they have missed so much!  “Thanks coach, the boys were smiling and happy” and “A was so happy to see you (coach) and her teammates again!” are just a couple of the texts received.

All of us at LFCIA SoCal could not be happier to be back on the pitch!  Thank you all for your patience and continued support as we navigate these unprecedented times together!

YNWA

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Youth Sports Practices Re-Open in Orange County

Youth Sports Practices Re-Open in Orange County

Santa Ana, Calif. (June 15, 2020) – The County of Orange will allow the re-opening of practices for youth sports under COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Day Camps. “Youth sports are a fantastic way for children to enjoy the outdoors and get some much needed sunshine,” said Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District. “I greatly look forward to seeing youth sports start in Orange County and encourage all sports leagues to maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols.” The County of Orange will require all youth sports practices to follow state guidance of physical distancing and safety protocols for small and stable groups without spectators. “After many weeks away from their teams and teammates, children across Orange County can once again be able to do what all children should be encouraged to do which is to play, work on their physical, as well as mental, strength and learn valuable life lessons about collaboration and uniting for a common goal,” said Vice Chairman Andrew Do, First District. At this time, youth sports activities will allow for practices only. There is no set time in which the state will re-open sporting events and games with spectators. 

“The State’s guidance is the next big step in bringing OC back to normal. I advocated for a safe return to youth activities because playing sports is a fantastic way to build character, in addition to burning off the past months’ pent-up energy,” said Supervisor Don Wagner.

“The Day Camp guidance also gives youth leaders clarity on how to safely conduct business. Our families have been wanting healthy outlets for their children and I am beyond thrilled to see young people now able get out and play once again.” Youth sports leagues must ensure that they meet the proper safety protocols as outlined in the COVID19 Industry Guidance: Day Camps which include proper cleaning, disinfection, limits on the number of participants, and physical distancing. “The need for children to be active while practicing safe social distancing at sports practices is important,” said Supervisor Doug Chaffee, Fourth District. “We understand that people want to have their lives return to as normal as possible, but it’s important to stay vigilant and follow state guidelines on how to do so.” Youth sports league staff will be required to train all staff and families on how to follow safety actions, including screening practices and enhanced sanitation practices.

“Orange County residents understand the severe impacts that COVID-19 has on our residents but these issues can be mitigated by following state guidelines,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “By allowing youth sports practices to resume in a safe manner, it allows Orange County children to enjoy time with their peers and have a little bit of normalcy at this time.” 

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Congratulations to our “Liverpool Way” Player of the Month for May!

Congratulations to our “Liverpool Way” Player of the Month for May!

Owen Lee from B2011 Red Yafai’s team has been announced as the Player of the Month for May. In addition to his fantastic attitude, Owen is being recognized for his AMBITION. His hard work, determination, and perseverance to overcome a year long injury to get back on the field hasn’t gone unnoticed. Here’s what coach Yafai had to say about him: “Owen shines with ambition! This young, talented player has been out with a nasty injury for the past year. He has shown commitment, self development, and courage to get through and recover from his injury so he can get back to where he loves the most, and that is the field with his teammates.”

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Orange County Initiates Small Business Grant Relief Program

Orange County Initiates Small Business Grant Relief Program

The County of Orange has initiated a Small Business Grant Relief Program to support small businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19 in Orange County Supervisorial District Five. Grants up to $10,000 will be available to eligible small businesses and non-profits within the district, which includes Mission Viejo.

The business applicant must prove that their business has been affected by COVID-19 in at least one of the following ways: Sales from the business are down more than 25% compared to the previous three months (prior to March 1, 2020); the business has had to lay off at least one of its employees (full or part-time); or the business was forced to shut down by the state or local government.

Applicants that meet the criteria will be randomly selected based on the percentage of population of each city/unincorporated area within the district. The application period opens June 19, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. and goes through June 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. 

Business owners can join informational webinars with County officials and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to learn more about the grant program and have questions answered, live. The first webinar, in English, is Thursday, June 11, at 12:00 p.m. and a webinar with Spanish translation will be held Friday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. Those interested can register for the webinars online in advance.

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From our DOC

A Message from our DOC,
Garreth Barker



I recently hosted a Zoom call for our coaches and other LFCIA coaches from as far afield as Mauritius. The guest presenter was Tim Dittmer, who is the Head of Goalkeeping for the Football Association of England. 

We discussed many aspects of the modern game along with Tim sharing his experiences and examples of how to improve the development of keepers. 

This was a fantastic chance for coaches to learn form one of the top GK coaches in England! I am hopeful that Tim will come back to deliver another event later in the year. I appreciate working with coaches that are eager to learn and I was happy that many of our coaches took advantage of this excellent opportunity.