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Texans strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright will be one of the instructors at the Houston Texans Youth Coaching Clinic on Saturday.

This Saturday, local youth and middle school football coaches will have a chance to learn coaching fundamentals and strength and conditioning and nutrition tips from an all-star cast of instructors at the Houston Texans Youth Football Clinic.

Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano, strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright, team dietitian Roberta Anding and some of the top high school coaches in Houston will be on hand for the event, which is being hosted by the Texans at Reliant Stadium.

The clinic, formerly an annual event for the Texans, is returning for the first time since 2006. As part of the Texans' growing partnership with the YMCA, each YMCA of Greater Houston will be sending one sports director and one coach to the clinic free of charge.

"It was important for the Texans to bring back this youth coaching clinic because coaches need to learn the proper development for youth in the areas of coaching, training and nutrition," Texans representative Daniel Velasco said. "Ultimately, the clinic benefits the youth in our area so that they can learn life skills such as teamwork, leadership and proper nutrition through football. Partnering with the YMCA coaches on this effort is important for the Texans, as those coaches reach many children in our local community."

Marciano will speak about the importance of youth football by sharing his youth football experiences. He also will offer tips on the proper way to instruct children and relate basic football techniques to them.

Wright will discuss strength and conditioning tips, including how to properly stretch and prepare for games. Anding will review the importance of nutrition and how young athletes can better prepare themselves by eating particular foods.

Four of Houston's top high school coaches also will join the event as guest speakers: Cypress Ridge head coach Gary Thiebaud, Deer Park head coach Chris Massey, Madison offensive line coach Pat Reinecke and Hightower offensive line coach Padriac McGinnis.

"The high school coaches will give an insight to their coaching methods and to how youths should be coached at their age to develop into well-rounded high school athletes," Velasco said.

In addition to the valuable instruction offered at the clinic, all participants will receive a VIP tour of Reliant Stadium spanning the Texans' auditorium, player meeting rooms, weight room, cafeteria and locker room as well as the field level, press box and Methodist Training Center. A coaching certification will be awarded to each participant upon completion of the clinic.

The clinic runs from 8:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Reliant Stadium. Admission is $50, which includes breakfast and lunch and a Texans notepad for each coach. To register, call 832.667.2240 by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Click **here** for more information.

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