Plumber finds joy teaching soccer skills to kids

Darren Trim is a plumber by trade.

The New Milford resident also makes money doing something he is passionate about -- teaching soccer.

Mr. Trim is a co-owner of Soccer Skills Development, a program designed to improve the skills and confidence of soccer players aged 6 to 16.

Originally from Bournemouth, England, Mr. Trim played semi-professional soccer in England before emigrating to America twenty years ago.

Mr. Trim, the owner of DPT Plumbing, lives in New Milford with his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Ethan and Sydney. He previously had coached for Eastern Soccer in Greenwich but put the sport on hold for a while.

On hold, that is, until it found its way back into his life when he started coaching his son's soccer team.

Mr. Trim then realized there was a need not being met within the arena of competitive soccer play in New Milford.

"I saw that something could be improved -- something to develop skills," Mr. Trim said.

And that's when he decided to create Soccer Skills Development with a fellow Brit, Danny Simpson, who also played semi-professional soccer and is currently the Greenwich High School girls' coach.

Soccer Skills Development targets each player's individual technique with a ball, foot speed, balance and explosive foot skills.

The goal of the program is to build confidence, ball skills and awareness.

It's about having fun, too. By focusing on developing skills rather than winning games, the players are engaged in the sport in a different kind of way.

"It's soccer for everybody," Mr. Trim said, noting the program is for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced player. Soccer Skills Development offered its first session on outdoor fields this past fall. The response was so good, said Mr. Trim, they decided to continue through the winter and moved the program to Connecticut Sports Arena in New Milford.

"It was a win-win situation," said Mr. Trim. "We needed the space and we wanted to help CSA out."

The second winter session is underway at CSA with 42 boys and girls enrolled in the eight-week program.

Greg LaCava, co-owner of CSA, is pleased with the partnership.

"To see these kids using the arena and getting better is outstanding. Groups like these are wonderful to have in the community," Mr. LaCava said.

The kids think it's pretty terrific, too. Katelyn Contreras, a 10-year-old from Danbury, said the program has given her time to get better and to learn more about the game. Twelve-year old Kaitlyn Schuster, who lives in New Milford, has been playing soccer for seven years.

"We work on what we need to do better," she said. "I like it -- it's fun."

To Mr. Trim, that's what soccer is really all about.

For more information about Soccer Skills Development, call 860-799-6000 or visit www.soccerskillsdevelopment.com.