The British Are Coming... Again

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Challenger Sports British Soccer camps debuted in Payson in 2008 and have returned each summer since to provide Rim Country youth a glimpse of what the sport is like in the United Kingdom.

Due to the success and popularity of past camps, Challenger is returning again to Payson to offer another camp series open to youth, 3 to 18 years old.

The first of the Rim Country camps, which are co-hosted by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, tip off June 6 and will continue until June 10. The second will be June 27 to July 10. Both are being held in Rumsey Park.

Former Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism coordinator Joe Harris was lavish in his praise of the camps, saying, “They are a lot of fun, a good learning experience, the coaches are fantastic and we are very happy they choose to come to Payson.”

Among the CSBS coaches in Payson during past camps 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, five 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 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 8 to 18. 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 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• Mini Soccer — 10:30 a.m. to noon

• Half Day — Two are held 9 a.m. to noon and three from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Full Day — 9 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The fees are $79 for First Kicks, $94 for Mini-Soccer, $124 for Half Day and $171 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.

Call Mary Wolf at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

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