Getting the opportunity to work alongside Priest, who was with Manchester United for nearly six years was monumental for Wey.
“I’ve been a big Manchester United fan ever since I was a kid, so anything Man United, even if it wasn’t the head coach of Manchester United, anyone affiliated with Manchester United they are that much closer to being a part of the club than I am,” he said. “It was just a good experience meeting with him and kind of talking and talking about the training methods that he uses with the kids in England.”
Wey’s team consists of 15 players that are mainly sixth-graders with one fifth-grader and one seventh-grader. The players are from Plainfield, Avon, Brownsburg, and the westside of Indianapolis.
Demonstrating at the convention was a neat experience for the group of 15 players.
“It was an awesome experience for them because any time you go out in an area and they look up in the bleachers and see 500 to 600 people, the next time they might see that many people is if they play collegiate soccer maybe,” Wey said. “It was good for them to go out there and have fun and demo and show people what they’ve been working on. For them, it was a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills in front of other coaches.”
Other Westside United teams were used by coaches at the clinic to help demo their own tactics. Those groups included the U8, U9, U12, U13, U14, U15, and U17 boys.
“It was good just for our club to be asked to provide the players for these coaches to do sessions for them,” Wey said. “The coaches are looking for the better the talent, the better their session because it will make them look more professional and run smoothly.”