Last year, the inaugural Challenger Sports British Soccer camps proved to be a big hit on the Rim Country recreation scene.
Due to the success of those camps, Challenger has returned to Payson to offer another series open to youth, 3 to 16 years old.
The first of the Rim Country camps, which are co-hosted by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, tipped off Monday, June 8 and will continue until June 12.
The second will be July 6 to 10. Both are being held 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.”
Among the CSBS coaches to arrive in Payson on Monday was Ross Fielding.
“Almost all our coaches are from England, I’m from Wales,” he said while directing a pint-sized group of campers.
The CSBS camps Fielding and others will oversee include First Kicks, Mini-Soccer, two Half-Day Development sessions and a Full-Day Development session.
First Kicks is open to aspiring players 3 to 4 years old.
Campers are introduced to the game basics through fundamental activities, games and fun soccer challenges. The camps are an hour long for five days. Parents are encouraged to join in to help their children.
The Mini-Soccer, for 4- to 5-year-olds, has fun games, competitions and skill-building activities used to help develop budding players. The sessions last for 1-1/2 hours for five days.
In the two Half-Day Player Development Camps, emphasis is placed on mastery of core soccer techniques through individual and small group practices and coached games. The sessions are three hours a day for five days.
Full-Day Player Development Camp is aimed at youths 6 to 16. They are more advanced session for serious players. The curriculum includes game-related techniques, tactical development and coached match play. The sessions run for six hours daily 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 $73 for First Kicks, $88 for Mini-Soccer, $118 for Half Day and $165 for Full Day camp.
Online registration may be completed at www.challengersports.com or at the parks and recreation office in Green Valley Park. All campers receive a shirt, camp ball, personal evaluation and an end-of-camp gift.
For details, call Harris at (928) 474-5242.