This week my son had another one of the best experiences at his age of 8. His week at Challenger Sports British Soccer 1/2 day camp is all he can talk about. This is his second year at this camp and it remains his favorite summer activity. The difference this year is we decided to host a coach. James was born in Liverpool and lives in Kuwait and stayed with us for the week. It was such a fun experience and we would love to host again next year.
The coaches were excellent. So professional and quickly gained the children’s respect. They are tough enough on them that they learn and don’t get away with running off or speaking out. There was coach James, Kelsey and Alex. Within no time at all they had children’s names memorized and each child was paid attention to equally throughout the week. I actually stayed each day and got some work done on my laptop because we live almost 30 minutes away and the scenery was gorgeous-can’t beat the office view I had from the field all week of the Puget Sound and Mukilteo Ferries.
Everyday was structured with drills, group games, scrimmages, water breaks, snack break and team discussions. However, the drills and games would change up to new ones each day which kept the kids engaged and they had a blast. On day one my son learned new drills and immediately I saw him using them at practice with his normal city league he is in. He was doing toe touches, fast feet and roller ball proudly.
The week was full of point-earning activities and those points add up. All kids were divided equally by age into 4 teams. Each team got to choose a country-A’s team chose USA. There was England, Ireland and Brazil. These were to be their teams for the week on scrimmages and team meetings and activities. They could earn points with goals. There was some homework too, but fun homework. Wednesday was wacky Wednesday so they had to dress up and bring silly clothes for the coaches to wear. Friday was country day-they had to bring facts about their country to share and make something related to that country flag. My son made red, white and blue taffy sticks for his USA team. Others made craft flags or cupcakes. Then a team would be named best flag spirit and USA took the win (they brought treats to share with everyone-cupcakes always win).
So what team won the World Cup on the last day? That would be USA-my son’s team! I loved that not only at victory, but after every scrimmage the coaches gathered the kids who were to reflect on that game they just played and to choose an MVP of the game. My son was chosen as MVP once every day out of 3-4 games a day. He self-declared himself as Super MVP for the week-lol. This year he learned about team spirit and was loud-calling for the ball and cheering for his teammates in game as well as encouraging other team’s players. I have not seen that in him in other sports he played until camp this week.
The value of this camp is simply the best of any camp I have ever enrolled any of our boys in for all of these years! The kids listen, respect, reflect, learn, work as teams, encourage each other. Plus in the 80 and 90 degree heat wave we had they hung in there like champs. On the Thursday my son hit burnout due to not only camp but his soccer team practices in the heat wave all week and he wanted to come anyway. He wanted to show up-sick- to not let his team down because they have learned to be supportive all week and truly relied on each other at scrimmage time. Amazing how these coaches were that skilled to get a group of over 20 kids all ages working so well together from day 1! I will do this camp every year as long as my son wants! I recommend it to any child interested or who loves the sport.
What you get after registering for Challenger British Sports clubs
Register by 45 days to camp start and receive a free Challenger Sports jersey
Every player gets a free British Soccer ball and British Soccer Club T-shirt
Each player gets a certificate at the end with an evaluation form filled out to see their areas of strength and improvements
Every player also gets a free poster
Host a coach for the week and save $80-once you register you will get emails asking for host families!
After all of the freebies, I ordered my son the matching shorts, socks, shinguards and ties and spent under $35 shipped. Their shop prices are great.
Look now for camps still open in many US states! Choose the camp that fits best for your child. If you missed a camp in your area this year, mark your calendars for Feb-March. Tis is about when you can start looking for the new year’s sign ups.