This week my son had one of the best experiences at his age of 7. His week at Challenger Sports British Soccer 1/2 day camp is all he can talk about and already has asked if they will be back next year and it was announced at closing ceremony that they will be back next year-so will my son!
The coaches were excellent. So professional and quickly gained the children's respect and are tough enough on them that they learn and don't get away with running off or speaking out. There was coach T, Mitch and Josh. 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 40 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 drills and it was the first time after any sports practice that I have seen him come home and stay glued to his ball wanting to practice as much as he could. He was doing toe touches, fast feet and roller ball proudly. Before camp my son had only 2 practices under his belt ever for soccer because he is on a soccer team in our city that had just started. What he can do after this camp amazes me for his first year of soccer!
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 Ireland. There was England, Spain and Brazil. These were to be their teams for the week on scrimmages and team meetings and activities. They could earn points with goals, remembering to wear team colors on Tuesday, remembering to wear wacky clothes on Wacky Wednesday, remembering to bring facts about their country on Fact Thursday and winning judgments for Flag Friday. My son made lucky charm Ireland flag goodie bags for the camp. Others made cupcakes, banners and tiny flags. Everyday was a fun theme.
So what team won the World Cup with the most points on the last day? That would be Ireland-my son's team! They got to walk down the aisle of cones and accept their World Cup "trophy". 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 once as MVP and was so proud. He played Goalie that game for the first time ever! He let one through, but stopped a few others! Just look at his determination at age 7 in that goalie shot below he did not have 4 days ago! Yes, that ball made goal, but he tried with that little body of his.
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 and in the 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 lasted an hour that day before I pulled him to get him home and rest-he was there 20 minutes and beat red and winded and complaining he doesn't feel well again. 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! Best camp ever!
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
Every player gets a certificate at the end with an evaluation form filled out to see their areas of strength and improvements on so many levels
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 because their shop prices are great! Now that camp is over, my son wants the track jacket and at only $12, why not?
Look now for camps still open in many US states! Choose the camp that fits best for your child.