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Last week, Ian took part in a British Soccer Camp. This was our first experience with this sort of camp, and we really weren’t sure what to expect. In fact, when we arrived on the first night, I told him, “If you don’t like it, you don’t have to keep coming back.”
But, he liked it. A lot! In fact, he told me that he would give it two thumbs up, five stars, and on a scale of one to ten, he’d rate in a 100! I can’t think of much higher praise than that, especially coming from a 10-year-old boy.
So, what makes British Soccer Camp so special?
British Soccer Camp is the most popular camp in North America – 150,000 campers! With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education, and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!
Upon check-in on the first night, we were made to feel welcome by the coaches. Ian took right to them and didn’t care that he didn’t know a single other person there (the camp was located in a town about 1/2 an hour from our home). He quickly got to know the coaches and made some new friends.
British Soccer Camps stress good character and teach each of the following:
Show respect to the game, your coach, and the officials. Never question the referee and always listen to your coach.
Show responsibility to your teammates, family, and yourself. You are accountable for your actions on and off the field.
Show integrity by being honest and following the rules. Always give 100% and never cheat.
Show leadership by putting your team first in all of your decisions. Your example will inspire others.
Show sportsmanship by reacting correctly even when others do not. Acknowledge good plays made by others, accept bad calls and thank the opposing team for a good game no matter who wins.
But, they’re also fun!
Each night, there was a new theme. Wednesday night was Wacky Night and Ian was all ready to go!
On the last night of the camp, they had a little ceremony and gave each child a “certificate” with a personal note from their coach. To me, this was an extra special touch. I know the coaches are kept very busy while they are here and don’t have a lot of free time; so the fact that they used this time to write these notes was touching.
Ian truly loved this camp! It was bittersweet saying “Good-bye” to Coach Andrew when the week was over. He would definitely be open to attending another British Soccer Camp, if the opportunity presents itself.
***This post made possible by US Family Guide.***