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British Soccer Camp debuts on island in June

By Staff | May 13, 2009

Sanibel Youth Soccer and Challenger Sports, the #1 youth soccer company in the United States, are teaming up again this summer to offer a week-long British Soccer Camp June 15-19 at the City of Sanibel soccer fields.

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 1,500 that Challenger Sports is running throughout the U.S. and Canada for a record breaking 100,000 boys and girls of all ages.

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.

Sanibel Youth Soccer is offering British Soccer Camp sessions for the following ages:

Ages 4 and 5: June 15 to 19, 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. – Cost $82.

Ages 6 to 11: June 15 to 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Cost $116.

Ages 11 to 16: June 15 to 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Cost $116.

Each camper will receive a free camp t-shirt, soccer ball, player evaluation and giant soccer poster.

“The camp was a tremendous success last year,” said Sanibel Youth Soccer president Kirk Williams. “This is a great opportunity for both new and experienced players to learn from professional coaches in a relaxed, fun-filled environment.”

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.

To sign up for the camp, either visit www.challengersports.com, www.sanibelsoccer.org or contact Kirk Williams at 472-0871 or kirkrwilliams@embarqmail.com.