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

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

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

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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

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!

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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 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

Challenger World Tours Review 2019

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What 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

Welcome to Miami: Challenger Sports at Soccerex 2019

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Challenger Sports are thrilled to announce their partnership renewal with Soccerex, the world’s leading professional soccer networking and business event, a timely announcement to coincide with the Soccerex USA Conference, held in Miami 21-22 November. Andy Bennett, Chief Commercial Officer for Challenger Sports commented: “It is fantastic to be collaborating with Soccerex once again. Soccerex and Challenger Sports are well-matched as partner organizations, both focused on growing soccer on a global scale. Soccerex brings together global soccer industry experts under one roof, providing a unique commercial environment to share knowledge and best practice, gain valuable insights, and ultimately innovate for … Read More

How to be a Good Soccer Parent

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Being a positive role model for your child, sounds like it should be easy, however even the most placid parent can get carried away in the heat of competition and within the ultra competitive team environment created by over zealous club programs. Do not comment on every moment of your child’s game, and when you feel the need to say something, make sure it is positive and encouraging. Don’t talk badly about competitors, criticise teammates or officials, and do not openly second-guess the coach. There are enough uninformed critics in the stands hurling insults at kids playing a game, so … Read More