Town sports and recreation coordinator Mary Wolf shouts of the “The British are coming,” signals that Challenger’s British Soccer Camps are returning to Payson.
The camps debuted in Payson in 2008 and immediately struck a chord with parents because instructors mix expert sports instruction with lessons on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship.
The arrival of the British, who serve as camp coaches, is more than just sports. While in Payson, the coaches usually reside with local families — usually those who have children enrolled in the camp.
Hosting families receive discounts on their children’s camp fees.
The next Challenger camp in Payson will be held June 3-10 on the Rumsey Park north multipurpose field.
The camp will feature several skill/age sessions including 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 olds. In First Kicks, the campers are introduced to the game basics through fundamental activities, games and fun soccer challenges. The camps will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. each day. Parents are encouraged to join in to help their children.
The Mini-Soccer, for 5- to 6-year-olds, has fun games, competitions and skill-building activities used to help develop budding players. The sessions are each day from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
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 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Full-Day Player Development camp is aimed at youths 8 to 18. It is a more advanced session for serious players. The curriculum includes game-related techniques, tactical development and coached match play. The sessions run 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Two years ago, the camps ran straight through the day, wrapping up in late afternoon.
“We changed the camp hours to get the kids out of the afternoon heat,” Wolf said.
The fees are $86 for First Kicks, $100 for Mini-Soccer, $135 for Half-Day and $185 for Full-Day camp.
All campers receive a camp T-shirt, soccer ball, giant soccer poster and an individual skills performance evaluation.
Challenger officials make it known one of the most popular activities during the week is “Camp World Cup” — a tournament coaches use to teach players about life, customs and traditions of other countries.
During the tournaments, campers are asked to make up cheers, bring flags, dress up and learn as much as they can about the country they represent.
Online registration for the Payson camp may be completed at www.challengersports.com or at the parks and recreation office in Green Valley Park.
Call Mary Wolf at (928) 474-5242, extension 7, for more information.
In addition to the soccer camp, the town has several other youth sports programs planned this summer.
PHS Volleyball Camp
The PHS volleyball team will once again offer a camp this summer. This camp gives youth in the fourth through eighth grades the opportunity to learn from the high school players and coaches.
The $30 fee includes a T-shirt. Registration closes Tuesday, May 28 and the camp is from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 in Wilson Dome at PHS.
Join coaches Bill Farrell, Joe Sanchez and Cameron Davis for this fundamentals basketball camp.
The cost is $40 and the program is open to those in the third through 10th grades. The program is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily, Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14 in Wilson Dome at PHS.
Registration closes June 5.
EVO Swim School
Taylor Pool in North Rumsey Park opens to the public Memorial Day Weekend. It will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 25 and Monday, May 27. Admission is $2 per person.
Swimming lessons will be offered from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Monday and Wednesday, and from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $12.50 per week.
Adult group swim, costing $35 per month, is from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Monday and Thursday.
Water aerobics, at $2 per visit, is from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Monday and Wednesday.
Lap swim, at $2 per visit, is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
For details on the rest of the program at the pool, go online to EvoSwimSchool.com/payson or call 1-877-539-5009.