German soccer coach puts Winnipeg kids through paces

Students at a Winnipeg elementary school got a lesson in soccer and all things German on Monday morning, in conjunction with the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The German-based organization Auf Ballhöhe teaches kids around the world about soccer and Germany

Students at a Winnipeg elementary school got a lesson in soccer and all things German on Monday morning, in conjunction with the FIFA Women's World Cup. 0:58

Students at a Winnipeg elementary school got a lesson in soccer and all things German on Monday morning, in conjunction with the FIFA Women's World Cup.

A group of Grade 3s at Donwood elementary school in East Kildonan were put through their paces by Oliver Fiest, a visiting soccer coach from Munich.
Oliver Fiest, a visiting soccer coach from Munich, Germany, gave a group of Grade 3 students at Donwood elementary school some soccer lessons on Monday. (CBC)

Fiest is also part of the German-based organization Auf Ballhöhe, which teaches kids around the world about soccer and Germany.

"Our project started in South Africa. There we make some camps to bring the kids a little smile on their face with soccer," he said, adding he wanted to give the Donwood kids "a little bit fun … and a little bit [of] technique.

"So that they learn a little bit how to shoot, how hard they have to kick the ball, but the main goal is to have fun."

The mini soccer camp, which runs all week, kicked off with a visit from Toronto's German Consul General Walter Stechel.  

The camp is being offered to students from Grades 3–6 at three schools in the River East Transcona School Division — Donwood, Princess Margaret School and Chief Peguis Junior High. All three schools have an English-German bilingual program.

No. 1-ranked Germany takes on Thailand at Winnipeg Stadium Monday afternoon in a FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying game.

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