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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 Launches 2020 Camps

January 15, 2020For over 30 years, Challenger Sports have been delivering exceptional soccer summer camps across North America. We have earned our status as the leading game changers in sports youth education, and our reputation as North America’s leading soccer camp company remains as strong as ever. This year we are proud to launch our suite of summer soccer camps, tailored to suit the player’s needs and match their level of engagement and skill. With innovative delivery using our interactive app technology, we are able to support budding soccer enthusiasts and players with their training and coaching all year round – both ... Read More

Challenger Sports Launch Team Management Solution, TopYa! Teams

January 15, 2020Challenger Sports, the largest soccer education and apparel provider in the US and Canada, announced today that it will launch a complete team management solution, TopYa! Teams, in early 2020. Since its merger with Denver technology company, TopYa!, in 2019 the youth sports organization has gone from strength to strength, engaging players and coaches around the world. TopYa! Teams marks the first in a range of technology products and services from Challenger Sports, which will provide organizations, clubs and coaches with the ultimate 360° approach to youth sports and club management. New Decade; New Year; New App Challenger Sports’ complete ... 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 Launches 2020 Camps

January 15, 2020For over 30 years, Challenger Sports have been delivering exceptional soccer summer camps across North America. We have earned our status as the leading game changers in sports youth education, and our reputation as North America’s leading soccer camp company remains as strong as ever. This year we are proud to launch our suite of summer soccer camps, tailored to suit the player’s needs and match their level of engagement and skill. With innovative delivery using our interactive app technology, we are able to support budding soccer enthusiasts and players with their training and coaching all year round – both ... Read More

GK ICON Acquires Popular Glove Brand

January 13, 2020GK ICON, Challenger Sports’ subsidiary goalkeeper brand, is excited to announce the acquisition of CALMA. CALMA is a globally recognized premium goalkeeper brand that is vastly respected within the goalkeeper community. With this acquisition becoming final, we are excited to offer both product lines globally via our GK Icon website and Challenger Teamwear site. Chris Sharman, Chief Brand Officer and Global Development Director for Challenger Sports commented: “This is an exciting acquisition for GK ICON and I would like to thank George Tapsell for his work in making this merger possible. What he has done with CALMA is outstanding and ... Read More

Best Christmas Gifts for Soccer Lovers

December 18, 2019Considering what to get a soccer player for Christmas? Here at Challenger Sports we love to make your seasonal shopping that little bit easier. With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve hand-picked a fantastic selection of gifts and present ideas set to delight any soccer player or fan. So, if you’re looking to kit out your soccer lover with new soccer attire or apparel, or you’re looking for the best training solution to help advance their game, we have you covered. To make this even easier for those last-minute purchases, we’ve split out our top picks by categories with options ... Read More

Challenger World Tours Review 2019

December 16, 2019What a year to review for Challenger Sports World Tours! 650 international travellers, 24 teams and 9 countries later; 2019 has undeniably been one for the books.  Eight groups kicked off their summer season in the best way possible, at the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a side of French baguettes and fine cheese. Venues throughout France played host to the most renowned faces in soccer history, and sitting-sideline were 175 World Tour players, coaches and families with Challenger World Tours. In addition to their World Cup extravaganza, some groups combined their trip to France with additional trips to the ... 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 Launches 2020 Camps

January 15, 2020For over 30 years, Challenger Sports have been delivering exceptional soccer summer camps across North America. We have earned our status as the leading game changers in sports youth education, and our reputation as North America’s leading soccer camp company remains as strong as ever. This year we are proud to launch our suite of summer soccer camps, tailored to suit the player’s needs and match their level of engagement and skill. With innovative delivery using our interactive app technology, we are able to support budding soccer enthusiasts and players with their training and coaching all year round – both ... Read More

Liverpool FC and Challenger Sports Extend Partnership

November 17, 2019Liverpool FC and Challenger Sports have agreed a new long-term partnership which will see the delivery of residential soccer school courses continue in the UK. The agreement follows two successful years of LFC and Challenger Sports delivering the LFC International Academy residential courses. Taking place each summer, the program continues to grow in popularity and has attracted participants from around the world. This year saw the biggest course to date with players from 50 countries visiting the UK to attend. In addition to the hugely popular Football Focus coaching experience and the English Language courses, which teach young learners how ... Read More

Challenger Sports at Red Bull Street Style World Final 2019

November 16, 2019The Red Bull Street Style World Final, the official World Championship of Freestyle Football, debuted in North America this week, Friday 15th November. With over a decade of championship events spanning Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, the grand finale of the world’s most important freestyle football competition turned up the heat in Miami, Florida, USA. Eight women and more than 45 men brought their most innovative new tricks to the buzzing Wynwood Arts District. Athletes from over 50 countries descend on Miami to battle one-on-one for bragging rights as the planet’s best freestyle football player and official World Champion. ... Read More

Challenger Sports Named Official Technology Partners of World Street FC

November 15, 2019The World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA), the governing body for the sport of freestyle football, continues to drive its ambitions of growing awareness and participation on a global scale. Through the work of World Street FC (WSFC), the WFFA membership arm, engagement with freestyle football has increased dramatically with the likes of World Street events and, now thanks to Challenger Sports, propelling freestyle football into the digital arena. Challenger Sports are thrilled to be on-board as Official Technology Partners with WSFC, furthering engagement through the powerful membership program and providing unparalleled virtual coaching and a community-focused platform for WSFC members.  ... 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 Launches 2020 Camps

January 15, 2020For over 30 years, Challenger Sports have been delivering exceptional soccer summer camps across North America. We have earned our status as the leading game changers in sports youth education, and our reputation as North America’s leading soccer camp company remains as strong as ever. This year we are proud to launch our suite of summer soccer camps, tailored to suit the player’s needs and match their level of engagement and skill. With innovative delivery using our interactive app technology, we are able to support budding soccer enthusiasts and players with their training and coaching all year round – both ... Read More

All-Encompassing Global Sports Business Announces Rebrand

December 3, 2019Challenger Sports, the largest soccer camps provider in North America and Canada, is widely recognized for supplying over 30 years of coaching experience to young people across the United States. Challenger Sports runs soccer camps, clinics, tournaments, tours and provides uniforms to tens of thousands of organizations and hundreds of thousands of players, with a strong presence in the USA, Canada, Brazil, India and throughout the UK. Since 2019, after its merger with Denver-based technology company TopYa!, the organization has become a SaaS (Software as a Service) business, entering a new stage of its evolution. Today, Challenger Sports announces a ... Read More

Soccerex 2019: Soccer Brands Descend on Miami

November 28, 2019Challenger Sports were in good company last week, as some of the biggest brands and professional organizations in the sector came together at Soccerex USA 2019, which took place in Miami – November 21st – 22nd. The elite-level industry convention saw over 1,500 soccer executives and delegates meet at the Turnberry Resort in Aventura, with the likes of CONCACAF, LaLiga, MLS, US Soccer, and Inter Miami in attendance. The conference included over 90 speakers, from Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas, CONCACAF general secretary Philippe Moggio, and Amanda Duffy, the president of the National Women’s ... Read More

Black Friday Deals 2019

November 27, 2019This Black Friday we have a number of fantastic offers, certain to excite all soccer lovers. From stylish apparel, to apparatus to aid your skills training, to issues of Keepers’ Union Magazine packed with insightful articles and advice. Check out some of our personal highlights we’ve picked out for you! TinyTykes Sale Teamwear Sale Keepers’ Union Magazine Urban Football Flick TinyTykes Sale We’re releasing a limited time 10% offer on all our current and exclusive TinyTykes merchandise. Not only that, we’re offering you free shipping on all TinyTykes discounted purchases. Don’t forget to use the code TYKESBF2019. (Code valid til ... Read More

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