Local soccer player to attend prestigious camp

Kyle Riviere
Delaney Zybko (No. 20) was a second-team all-district selection for Dutchtown this past season. Photo by Tammy Gaudin.

Dutchtown girl’s soccer standout Delaney Zybko joined exclusive company recently as she earned one of just 32 available spots at the Olympique Lyonnais Select program camp.

The Olympique Lyonnais program is stationed in Lyon, France, and the camp is set for Aug. 12-20.

This is a select training program that is invitation only. Those invited must be nominated by top Adidas clubs nationwide, and players must submit a soccer resume and SoccerScout profile for consideration.

The nominees are selected based on qualifications and positional needs. This year’s program will have two teams composed of 16 players each.

The players will have the opportunity to play games against the Olympique Lyonnais Academy, while training and receiving professional coaching at the world famous soccer club.

While in Lyon, the players will also get a chance to visit the prestigious Parc Olympique Lyonnais and attend an official Division 1 Feminine game or a French Ligue 1 game.

The Olympique Lyonnais organization is one of the most successful women’s soccer clubs in the world. They have won 10 consecutive Division 1 Feminine titles and 15 championships overall.

They have also won nine Coup de France titles and three Women’s Champions League championships.

Camp participants will have six training sessions at the Olympique Lyonnais complex, and they will work with coaches from the club each day.

It’s quite the capper on what was a very successful season for Zybko.

Her Dutchtown squad had another strong year, going 17-4-5 and finishing as runners-up in the district.

Dutchtown earned the No. 11 seeding in the playoffs and hosted a first-round playoff game. There, they cruised past Sulphur, 3-0.

They dropped a second-round contest against sixth-seeded Dominican.

There were eight Lady Griffins that made the All-District 5 team. One of these players was Zybko. She was a second-team selection.

Zybko is also a member of the Baton Rouge Soccer Club.

In her profile on SoccerScout.com, Zybko said, “Traveling internationally to play soccer has been my lifelong dream. I have trained and practiced all my life. We have moved many times in the last five years, and I excelled with every top team for the area. I am playing up an age-group on an NPL team that played nationals last year.

“I have five other siblings, and we are extremely competitive with each other athletically and academically. Since playing club soccer is tough financially for the whole family, international travel wasn’t possible.”

Zybko will now be able to live out her dream and play soccer in Europe with some of the world’s best young players.