Free Soccer Clinic Offered By British Group Saturday

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Luke McCabe, of the Challenger Camps, plays a word game with soccer camper Hudson Whittington.

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Ross Fielding of the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps works with youth at Rumsey Park Wednesday on their footwork.

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Steve Cochrane and McKenzie Randall attempt to run with a soccer ball during camp.

A golden opportunity awaits Rim Country soccer hopefuls tomorrow, June 13, at Rumsey Park.

There, Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps will host a free clinic, from 9 to 11 a.m., that is open to youths 3 to 16 years of age. It will be held on the north multipurpose field. Also at the clinic, participants will be given $10 discount coupons for the next Challenger camp to be held in Payson, July 6 to 10.

The first session of the Challenger camp began June 8 and wraps up today, June 12.

“It was a great camp, a lot of fun for the kids, said Town of Payson Youth Sports Coordinator Joseph Harris. “We had about 35 to 40 (campers) turn out.”

Harris expects an even bigger turnout for the July session that could possibly include both the Payson High School boys and girls soccer teams.

“We’ve heard the coaches might be entering them,” Harris said.

Unique to the Challenger Camps, which are in their second season in Payson, is that most of the coaches are from Great Britain, where the sport is actually called football and it draws participation from all ages and skill levels.

Those who enroll in the Challenger Camps learn the sport in a unique and scientific way from coaches who have competed in the sport for most of their lives.

Camp coaches in Payson say they use techniques and tactics that motivate players to want to practice and to improve.

Their strategy is to incorporate a progressive series of sessions where increased levels of pressure, added restrictions and game-like competitions are introduced as players become more comfortable.

Onlookers at last week’s camp might have noticed that coaching techniques involve plenty of positive feedback, encouragement, questioning and challenges.

Coaches say Challenge now runs over 2,000 British Soccer Camps for 100,000 children.

The CSBS camp that wraps up today, and the one to be held next month, includes sessions based on age and skills. They 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 sessions 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.

For more information, call Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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