The British are coming, the British are coming

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The number one youth soccer company in the United States, Challenger Sports, will hold its fourth annual British Soccer training camp at Big Walnut Sports Park. Past years' camps have been extremely well received, and the staff os looking forward to another successful camp this year.

Putnam County Youth Soccer Association will host the weeklong British Soccer camp from June 22 to 26.

The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger's British coaching staff flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs. This camp is just one of nearly 2,000 that Challenger Sports are running throughout the U.S. and Canada for 100,000 boys and girls of all ages.

Challenger has become the largest soccer camp provider in North America by combining consistently high-quality, age-specific soccer instruction, along with equally important elements of character, cultural and nutritional education.

Each day the children will practice and master new individual skills and understand small group and team tactics through Challenger's innovative camp curriculum. Campers will also scrimmage each day in the always-popular Camp World Cup.

The Challenger coaching staff believes that teaching soccer skills is only a part of the process of educating young athletes. The coaches will also take time out of the busy weekly schedule to teach lessons on respect; responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership and discuss how these core values relate to soccer, family and school.

The most popular part of each camp is the Camp World Cup. The coaches use this daily tournament to teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries. The campers are asked to make up cheers, bring flags, dress up and learn as much as they can about the country they represent.

Putnam County Youth Soccer is offering British Soccer camp sessions for the following ages.

Ages 3-4 First Kicks9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Ages 4- 6 Mini Soccer10 a.m. - noon
Ages 6-8Half Day9 a.m. -- noon
Ages 9-12Half Day5 p.m. -- 8 p.m.
Ages 13-14Half Day5 p.m. -- 8 p.m.

Each camper will receive a free camp T-shirt and soccer ball. In addition, players who sign-up prior to May 8 will receive a free British Soccer jersey.

To sign up for the camp visit contact Rock Kaiser (653-6996 or with any questions regarding the camp.