Disclosure: My son was provided with a week of British Soccer Camp complimentary for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
I hope that y’all trust me when I say that although this week of camp was provided to us, my son would have attended regardless. This was our third year in a row of attending Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp and my son loves it.
Camps are available across the United States and Canada. There are tons of options available for the different age groups. Per the Challenger Sports website, kids ages 3-18 can sign up for the same camp, but with varying experiences.
Ages 3-4 spend one hour per day in the First Kicks camp.
Ages 4-5 experience the Mini Kicks camp in 1.5 hour days.
Ages 5-16 are eligible for the three hour daily camp.
Ages 10-18 can stay all day long for a more serious focus.
The coaches are actually from the United Kingdom and they stay with host families during the camps. (Tip: host families get their camp complimentary!)
I love the idea that the elementary-high school kids are all mixed together. I was concerned at first, but I’ve seen it in action for three years now and it works, y’all. One of the reasons why is the camp’s emphasis on sportsmanship.
Each week, they players are split up into mixed age teams. Each team is assigned a World Cup country and gains or loses points based on sportsmanship, play and extra activities. I’ve been watching my son play soccer since he was four years old – he’s fifteen now – and I can assure you that we haven’t experienced any other soccer program that encourages this level of sportsmanship. Shouts of “that’s okay, good try!”, “great job!” and “are you okay?” are commonly heard during play.
Each afternoon there is a “team report”. One person shares with the others how their team did today in play and picks an “MVP” for that day. It’s a great way to get kids to look for the good in each other and compliment their teammates.
During my son’s camp I was under the impression that the camp was for ages 3-15 and told him this was his last year. When I realized that it actually extends up to age 18, he was so happy. He immediately texted a friend he met at camp to share the news and told me, “That’s awesome, because I really LOVE this camp.” When a surly teenage boy shows that much enthusiasm, they must be doing something right.
You can still register for this summer’s camps by visiting the Challenger Sports website. As an extra bonus, enter code CAMP17 to receive a free soccer jersey, ball, t-shirt and poster! In addition, at the end of camp your child will receive a personalized skills report. Their coach will note their strengths but also point out areas they may need to work on in the future. My son very much appreciates this feedback.
Sign your child up for a Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp to keep them healthy and happy this summer!