Parents and children who were a bit lackadaisical in registering for the upcoming Challenger British Soccer Camp may now breathe a sigh of relief.
That’s because Town of Payson Trails and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen has extended the registration deadline to 5 p.m. today and also has removed the normal late fee.
The camp kicks off at 9 a.m., Monday, July 5 on the south multipurpose field at Rumsey Park and will continue through July 9.
Challenger has been hosting the camps in Payson the past three years and the upcoming camp is the second this summer in Payson.
Former town youth sports coordinator Joseph Harris, whose duties are now being handled by McMullen until a replacement is hired, was impressed with the Challenger camps, saying they are among the finest offered to young, aspiring players.
Unique to the Challenger Camps 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 Challenger now runs more than 2,000 British Soccer Camps for 100,000 children.
The CSBS camp that wraps up today, and the one to be held next, include 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 ages 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 McMullen at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or log on to www.challengersports.com.