International youth soccer camp coming to Buckeye this June Challenger Weeklong

Buckeye’s Recreation Department has partnered with Challenger Sports to host a weeklong international soccer camp from June 10 through June 14.

Buckeye’s Recreation Department has partnered with Challenger Sports to host a weeklong international soccer camp from June 10 to June 14.

Challenger Sports is a leading soccer camp company in North America and has been a provider of soccer camps for over 30 years. This year, the company launched its international soccer camps, which are intended to be innovative experiences that will “accelerate the learning process of young players,” according to its website.

Certified coaches from around the world will be at the event and, according to Sean Lines, account manager for Challenger Sports, each one will bring a coaching background that is unique to his or her respective country.

“We have coaches from multiple countries — predominantly coaches from the United Kingdom, Brazil and the USA,” Lines said. Our coaches are professional coaches. They got their licenses back in their home country as well as over here with U.S. Soccer, so our coaches have a world full of knowledge.”

There are two age groups that players can sign up for: Tiny Tykes, ages 4-5; and Half Day, for ages 6-16.

Tiny Tykes is a one-hour session intended to be a fun introduction to the sport of soccer. The children will be taken on different “adventures” and will have fundamental soccer skills incorporated into their program.

The half-day program will include different stations for players, with each based off a different country and its strengths. For example, the Brazil station will work on technical and footwork, Spain will work on passing and moving and France will work on possession. Everyday, the Half Day program will end with a “World Cup” competition, where players will team up to compete against each other.

Lines also said the team is excited to use a new video-based coaching app that will help players progress their skills.

“(The players) can watch videos and upload videos of themselves doing the skill, and then they can get virtually coached,” Lines said.

Campers who attend will receive a camp T-shirt, soccer ball, poster and personalized skills evaluation.

The Tiny Tykes program will be from 8 to 9 a.m. and costs $55 for Buckeye residents or $65 for nonresidents. The half-day program runs from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $65 for Buckeye residents or $85 for nonresidents.

To sign up, visit buckeyeaz.gov or call 623-349-6000.