Kennedy Capps will travel to England to participate in the Elite Soccer Academy.
By Jonathan McNamara
YOUNGSVILLE — A local soccer standout will travel to London, England, the second week in April to participate in a prestigious weeklong Elite Soccer Academy.
Kennedy Capps, 12, is the daughter of Davis and Carla Capps, of Youngsville.
She is the center midfielder for the East Wake Lady Hammers Soccer Club and is a student at Franklin Academy.
While attending the week-long West Ham United International Academy Camp in Rome, Ga., recently, Capps was chosen out of a pool of more than 300 players from the U.S. and Canada.
Capps has played soccer since she was four years old, beginning in the Youngsville Are Kids Soccer (YAKS) program. She also enjoys playing basketball and softball when she can fit it into her busy year-round soccer schedule.
“I like everything about soccer,” Capps said.
“I was really excited,” she said about receiving her evaluation in the mail with a letter informing her that she had been selected to go to England.
“I have never seen her so excited before, jumping up and yelling,” her father said.
Capps will be joining two other teammates on the trip to England, and her parents are hoping to visit as well.
While in London, Capps will train daily with top soccer players from around the world under the supervision of West Ham’s director, Tony Carr.
Capps and the other camp attendees will also tour London including a visit to the London Eye ferris wheel. They will see an English Premier League soccer match and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Wimbley Stadium.
Capps has two siblings, a sister, Emily, and an older brother, Branson. Emily, who is four years younger, also plays soccer for the East Wake Soccer Club and looks forward to learning a lot from Capps when she returns from England, said Capps.
Capps is a straight-A student and has recently transitioned from public school to a charter school.
“I have a lot more homework,” said Capps. She still gets the A’s but has to work a little harder.
“My coaches always tell us how important school is for soccer and school always comes first,” she said about the relationship of learning on the field to the classroom.
When asked about her favorite subject in school, she jokingly replied, “Does lunch count?” before admitting, “I really like math.”
Capps has also won a national juggling competition through Premier U.K. Soccer, with a total of 1,059 juggles of a soccer ball. A video is posted o the PremierU.K. Facebook page at facebook.com/premieruksoccer/posts/129657067190527.
Capps will try out for Franklin Academy’s soccer team later this year and hopes to help them win a lot of games in the future. She said she also would like to play soccer when she goes to college.