Why Training At Home is here to stay

Here at Challenger Virtual we have been learning a great deal about the new online training market whose emergence has accelerated in the last 6 months. We have seen that in some situations this is seen as complementary to physical in person training, whilst in others it is being used as an alternative.  We found time to put together 10 reasons why we believe Training At Home is here to stay. We hope that this helps everyone continue to understand technology’s place in the youth sports environment long-term. Oh, and we make no apologies for the shameless plug whilst doing … Read More

Five things to consider before your teams first training!

Depending on where you are in the country, youth sports are potentially starting again and if they aren’t starting for you yet, I think we can all agree they will be back. As coaches and program directors, we need to understand what players have gone through. Many kids have had no social interaction, they are probably feeling anxious or confused about what is going on and most have had no real exercise except from maybe joining Mom or Dad in their morning virtual “fitness” class. Therefore, we need to make sure youth sports are a fun and safe place for … Read More

Challenger Sports pivots to a new Virtual Coaching Experience

It has been virtually impossible to ignore the ever changing landscape in youth soccer over recent months. As the shutdown of the youth soccer world went into effect mid March, along with the rest of the global economy, it has cancelled an entire Spring season, brought youth clubs to their financial knees, made numerous youth soccer coaches unemployed and held kids indoors with no games or training to look forward to for the foreseeable future. Challenger Sports as the leaders in the soccer camp market in North America, have felt the pain also. Our usual running of Spring seasons nationwide via … Read More

COVID-19 Update

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1. 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

Challenger 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

Challenger Sports Joins Forces with Fusionetics

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Challenger 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

Welcome to the ’20s!

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2020 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

After 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