The British are coming, the British are coming.
No, they're not the British that Paul Revere warned about during his famous nighttime gallop that marked the opening of the War for Independence.
Rather, this United Kingdom crew arrives in the form of the first ever Challenger Sports' British Soccer Camp to be held in Payson.
Challenger officials claim their camps are different from others in that they use qualified and talented coaches from Britain who are committed to developing the whole child by teaching soccer along with respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship.
In a recent Nevada, Missouri council agenda item, the town parks and recreation department said the camp "provides the youth a cultural experience we could not provide."
The Rim Country camps, to be co-hosted by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, will be held June 9 to 13 on the Rumsey Park south multipurpose field.
Parks and Recreation coordinator Joe Harris is highly recommending the camps.
"They will be a lot of fun and a good learning experience," he said. "We are happy they are coming here."
The camps include First Kicks, Mini-Soccer, two Half-Day Development sessions and a Full-Day Development session.
First Kicks is open to aspiring players 4 to 6 years-of-age.
During it, campers are introduced to the game basics through fundamental activities, games and fun soccer challenges. The camps are an hour day for five days.
Parents are encouraged to join in to help their children.
The Mini-Soccer camp is aimed at children 4 to 6-years of age. In it, fun games, competitions and skill-building activities are used to help develop budding players. The sessions last for 1-1/2 hours for five days.
In the two Payson Half-Day Player Development Camps, emphasis is placed on mastery of core soccer techniques through individual and small group practices and coached games.
British Soccer officials say the camps are their most popular. The sessions are three hours a day for five days.
The Full Day Player Development Camp is aimed at youths 8 to 18-years-old. They are more advanced session for serious players. The curriculum is focused on game related techniques, tactical development and coached match play. The sessions are six hours a day for five days.
The Payson schedule is:
- First Kicks -- 9 to 10 a.m.
- Mini Soccer -- 10:30 to noon.
- Half Day -- 9 a.m. to noon and another from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Full Day -- 9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 4 p.m.
The fees are $70 for First Kicks, $85 for Mini-Soccer, $115 for Half Day and $165 for Full Day. A $10 late fee will be charged for all applications received after May 30.
Online registration may be completed at www.challengersports.com or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department in Green Valley Park.
All campers receive a shirt, camp ball, personal evaluation and an end of camp gift.
Also, Challenger offers a "Host A Coach" program in which local families have the option of hosting a British professional in their homes during the camp session. Hosts receive an $80 rebate towards the cost of the camp.
Call parks and recreation coordinator Joe Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359 for more information.