How to be an Engaged Coach

No 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

Challenger Sports Joins Forces with Fusionetics

Fusionetics

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

Challenger Sports Partners with Post To Post

Post to Post Soccer Pathways

Challenger 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

Megan Rapinoe

February 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

5 Influential African American Soccer Players – Celebrating MLK Day

Freddy 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!

Challenger Sports

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

Challenger Sports Launch Team Management Solution, TopYa! Teams

Challenger 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

Challenger Sports Launches 2020 Camps

For 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

GK 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