The British are coming to Auburn

To teach soccer, that is
By: Special to the Journal
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Challenger Sports has been invited to hold one of their highly regarded “British Soccer Camps” right here in the growing soccer community of Auburn.

Auburn Recreation District has teamed up to host two week-long “British Soccer Camps” during the weeks of June 10-14 and July 22-26 at Railhead Park. 

The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s team of 1,100 British soccer coaches flown to the U.S. exclusively to work on these programs. Challenger Sports will hold over 3,500 soccer camps this summer and will coach over 130,000 players between the ages of 3 and 19.  

Challenger’s new 1,000 touches coaching syllabus provides an innovative daily regimen of foot skills, moves, juggling, tactical practices and daily tournament play. Challenger also weaves lessons on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship into the camper’s daily routine.

The British Soccer Camp program also provides a unique cultural experience for the players, highlighted in the Camp World Cup. The coaches use this daily tournament to teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries. The campers are asked to make up soccer chants, wear the team colors of their country, bring flags and learn as much as they can about the country they represent.

Auburn Recreation District, is offering “British Soccer Camp” sessions for the following ages:

Ages 3-4                      First Kicks                  9 a.m. - 10 a.m.                        $96

Ages 4-6                      Mini Soccer               10:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.           $116

Ages 6-14                    Half Day                     9 a.m.- Noon                               $145

Ages 6-14                    Full Day                      9 a.m.– 4 p.m.                             $221

Teams are also welcome to attend and receive a week of focused instruction to prepare them for the fall season. Team camp rates are available from the camp’s coordinator.

Each camper will receive a free soccer camp T-shirt, a free soccer ball, a free giant soccer poster and a personalized skills performance evaluation. In addition, any child who signs up online at least 45 days prior to camp will receive a genuine British soccer replica jersey.

Space is limited and parents are encouraged to sign up online in advance. To sign up visit, or contact Jerry Fisher at 885-8461 or

Challenger Sports has been conducting soccer camps in American for 20-plus years and in addition to coaching youth players throughout the country, Challenger will also run hundreds of free parent/coach soccer clinics throughout the country in partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.