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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 13B li r Austin Hagwood Staff Writer World-class soccer training just became more affordable for Plumas County athletes, thanks to a generous offer from Two Rivers Soccer Camp. Director Dick Schwendinger plans to offer a 50 percent discount worth several hundred dollars to any county player attending the weeklong camp during the weeks of Aug. 10 and 17, an opportunity he hopes will allow more athletes access to premiere soccer instruction while thanking the community for its support. "When we first started 43 years ago, there was no soccer in Quincy, Portola or any of the surrounding areas,'" Schwendinger said. "We recognize that it takes a community to build something like this, and we're very appreciative. This is a means of saying 'Thanks, Plumas County,' and giving back to the community." From the first session in 1971, Schwendinger's dream has grown into a renowned blend of mountain camp and soccer academy, attracting over 1,200 players every summer for athletic development and High Sierra adventure. American players from cities and countryside alike jockey for the ball alongside peers from Hong Kong, Spain and Mexico. Under the eye of professional coaches and counselors from Europe, South America and the United States, boys and girls ages 7 to 17 experience the international character of soccer on two pristine fields. "I don't know if there's another place in the country that has that blend of half camp, half sports and three staffs of people, not to mention the beautiful location we have," Schwendinger said. "We want a real camp -- we don't wan ta rel rt."," Coaches and players huddle Photo by Austin Hagwood Built by the affluent Oxnard family in 1930 on 40 acres of land they received for 600 acres of Yosemite property, Two Rivers features restored cabins, a lodge, a rec room and even a fountain on the banks of Jamison Creek and the Feather River. When not competing on the soccer fields, campers enjoy archery, horseback riding, dodgeball, volleyball, gold panning, swimming and hiking before devouring s'mores during skits and campfire performances by local troubadour Rob Wade. Schwendinger's formula seems to have paid off. The camp boasts a 50 percent return rate from year to year, and each session now holds six to eight campers whose parents once scored goals on the same field. "We've had campers go on to compete at the highest level in the U.S.," Schwendinger said. "I had a player here on staff for several years who was the collegiate player of the year. We think this is a chance for kids to gain independence." Special training is also in the rain before resuming training at Two Rivers Soccer Camp. A goalkeeper dives for a save at Two Rivers Soccer Camp. Special instruction is available for keepers and field players, and director Dick Schwendinger is offering a 50 percent discount for Plumas County residents. Photo submitted available for goalkeepers, and and I love how .responsive center forwards seeking they are." personal instruction may Schwendinger's generosity meet Jozef Dudic, a former extends beyond Plumas professional player from County. He also partners with Slovakia who has coached at SmartStart to bring at-risk the camp for 18 years. Dudic youths from cities to the also writes songs in four camp on scholarships. languages, and h]s guitar "The most important thing performances remain a is the personal effect we have favorite with campers, on people and the difference "We have different coaches we make in their lives," he from all over the world -- said. England, Slovakia, Brazil -- To learn more about the so the kids experience emerald green fields hidden different coaching in the mountains and register philosophies," Dudic said. for a weeklong session online, "The progress is amazing, visit Soccer players receive feedback on their training session at the Two Rivers Soccer Camp. The camp offers personalized evaluations for each player prepared by professional coaches and counselors from around the world. Photo by Austin Hagwood Campers eat lunch in the camp's restored lodge, originally a private retreat for the affluent Oxnard family in the 1930s. Photo by Austin Hagwood to PST is proud support our communities with free Wi-Fi enabled