Disclosure: I am being provided with a complimentary British Soccer Camp experience for my child through U.S. Family Guide in exchange for promotion. All opinions are my own and my soccer star’s.
Soccer is a big deal in my house. My oldest child has never met a sport he couldn’t pick up and do well at almost immediately. He started with soccer when he was three or four. He’s sixteen now, and he’s been through baseball, flag football, cross country and lacrosse. He still comes back to soccer.
Two years ago he attended half day British Soccer Camp at a nearby park. He loved it so much that he asked me to sign him up for the full day camp. In July. In Georgia. I thought he lost his mind and that he would be miserable.
Nope. Loved it. Asked me to sign him up for the second session that summer. Full day.
Here is what I loved about this camp. It’s not just daycare. It’s not just something fun for the kids to do. It’s the most popular soccer camp in the U.S. for a reason. The coaches make it fun through a variety of games. But skills are being built. The kids are being evaluated and at the end of the week they are given a form that highlights both their strengths and the skills that need work.
In addition, sportsmanship is stressed. Kids get points added or taken away for good or bad sportsmanship. I would show up a little early at the end of each day and watch them play. By the end of the week I saw more and more kids shouting, “That’s okay!” “Good try!” and the like. I saw kids offering opposing team members a hand if they had collided and a “Are you okay?”
The entire week is built around a World Cup mentality. Each camper is put into a team and they all represent different countries that play in the World Cup. Each day, the kids go home with an assignment to learn more about that country – decorate your soccer ball with that country’s colors, tell us one interesting fact, bring in a representation of that country’s flag made out of anything you like.
The camp is open to kids ages 3-18. My son was one of the older kids at the camp last year but didn’t mind at all. He’s great with younger kids and got a kick out of them shadowing him.
Overall, he had a great experience and he’s looking forward to heading back again this year! British Soccer Camp is held in communities throughout the country – check to see if they are holding one near you!
This year, they are offering loads of free gifts when registering! When you register, you get a free soccer jersey, ball, t-shirt and poster! My son’s t-shirt from two years ago is way too small but he still tries to wear it. I’ll be glad to get him a replacement! Follow this link to register and use code BSC18 to be sure you get your free gear! Camps are available in half day options for all ages and full day options for older kids.