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COVID-19 Update

March 12, 20201. Current Company Response Like most companies we continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation. As always, the safety of our participants and our staff is our number one priority. In an industry where our camps, clinics, tours, and tournaments happen in a close community, Challenger Sports and our sister company Challenger Teamwear have always taken great care to develop and maintain medical practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare. This page will be used to provide updated information on how the current global pandemic is affecting our usual programming and services. We will update ... Read More

Challenger Hall of Fame

June 2, 2020Challenger Family, Earlier in the year, CEO Paul Lawrence and our Senior Management Team discussed the idea of Challenger Sports having its own Hall of Fame. We want to create a “where are they now” story for each great employee we have had during our 30 years of business. For example, we have ex-coaches who are managers at professional clubs, coaches that are managing national teams at all levels, coaches who are now CEOs in hugely successful companies, amongst many many many other things. What we would like you to do is have you open your little black books and ... Read More

How to be an Engaged Coach

February 4, 2020No player wants this kind of coach… and they surely don’t want this kind either… By no means is coaching an easy role to fill. There are many qualities that make a coach effective and memorable, and without a doubt the greats have one thing in common… They are engaged. They can turn it on when needed because they care. They care about the job, the sport and the players. Remaining engaged in any practice, game, or event reflects in both your and your team’s enjoyment and performance. Getting into a state of mindful coaching takes effort, but it is ... Read More

5 Influential African American Soccer Players – Celebrating MLK Day

January 20, 2020Freddy Edu Although Freddy Adu didn’t help the United States win a World Cup like many anticipated he would, he, without a doubt, made a substantial difference in American soccer and proved to all players in North America that anything is possible. Freddy’s ability to surpass the traditional path to the professional level was unheard of in America. Most sports in the US include high school and or college before you get to the professional level, but Edu was ahead of his time.  At the age of 14, Freddy signed his first professional contract with DC United, becoming the youngest ... Read More

Welcome to the ’20s!

January 19, 20202020 Highlights 2020… a year of promise, bright outlooks and total transformation! There is a lot to look forward to in the next twelve months for our Challenger family as we anticipate another decade of sparking joy through the powerful forces of fun and passion in youth sports. With the kickoff of our 2019 brand refresh, our four divisions, Camps, Teamwear, Academy and Virtual, now lie under one unified Challenger Sports umbrella. Each sector, with its own unique features, will continue to act as figureheads in the overarching realm of sports. Read ahead for all the exciting divisional highlights to ... Read More

GK ICON Sells Franchising Business To Founder Richard Lee

January 17, 2020After acquiring GK ICON and its 10 franchises 5 years ago from founder Richard Lee, Challenger Sports has developed the brand into the largest goalkeeping coaching company in the world. With GK ICON franchises and merchandise expanding in 2020, Challenger Sports has agreed to sell the franchise business back to Richard Lee.  With this restructure, Challenger Sports strives to continue helping grow all areas of the GK ICON brand and Richard, who has always retained a consultancy role, will now take ownership of franchising while using his team of experts to continue moving the business forward. Challenger Sports will still ... Read More

Challenger Sports Joins Forces with Fusionetics

January 29, 2020Challenger Sports have today announced their partnership with movement assessment and personalized performance platform, Fusionetics. Fusionetics is used by over 600 professional, collegiate or youth clubs/teams to evaluate athlete performance, while significantly reducing their risk of injury. Created by pro athletic trainers and experts in movement science, Fusionetics uses 2D motion capture and AI technology to precisely assess how well each athlete moves in minutes. A detailed movement efficiency score and personalized corrective program are then sent to the users phone, tablet, and/or computer, providing access to their program anytime, anywhere. Additional features of Fusionetics allow users to maintain and ... Read More

Challenger Sports Partners with Post To Post

January 23, 2020Challenger Sports are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Post To Post Soccer Pathways. The partnership will see Challenger Sports’ SoccerPlus camp combine with Post To Post Soccer Pathways, combining the respective experience of the two organizations, and enhancing the most important aspects of soccer; scoring and saving goals. The foundations of this partnership are built on the success of the camps to-date, and together, the camps now provide a complete range of coaching and player development focused on specialized positions, inclusive to athletes aged 8 to 19 years of age. Alan Jones, Chief Operations Officer for Challenger Sports ... Read More

5 Questions to Help Set and Keep Any Athletic Goal

January 21, 2020February is around the corner… which means it’s been a whole 3 weeks of the “new year, new me” mantra playing on repeat in our heads. It also means that the time is nearly upon us when most resolution-ers have packed up shop, retreating back into the all too familiar “new year, new me” remorse. One clinical psychologist study suggests that by the second week in February, nearly eighty percent of resolution journeys have been cut short (1). As athletes, we set the expectation bar high, often consumed by the daily grind and finding discouragement in the little blunders that ... Read More

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