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 assure your calendars are up to date and your expectations are set high!
In an ever-evolving world of technology and innovation, the addition of our TopYa! powered Challenger Virtual department has been a crucial element for the longevity and evolution of the organization. In a constant venture to provide ultimate value for all company stakeholders, integrating technology into the Challenger Sports equation will continue to unlock a number of opportunities for growth. The TopYa! app, supplying path series with individualized virtual coaching, Head-to-Head skill challenges, and many other options to take training on the go, will see a number of product upgrades throughout 2020.
- Highly anticipated new content will soon be delivered with a guest appearance from a professional MLS star (stay tuned!).
- The 100-level Juggling Club continues to hold the reins, challenging players from various degrees of skill to climb global leaderboards, unlock prizes and develop technique while journeying through ten country-themed levels.
- In BIG news, the TopYa! Teams software will be making its debut as a unique 360° approach to youth sports and club management. The solution, made by coaches for coaches, is a first of its kind product for centralizing and managing messages to players and families, email lists, shared calendars, scheduling and even assigning at-home skills practice. Read more about the revolutionary technology here and how you can access exclusive member perks by joining the TopYa! Teams Founders Club.
“2020 will be an important year for Challenger as we begin to see the positive effects of merging with our technology partner, TopYa!” said Challenger’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Lawrence, “Exciting new products and services are being introduced across all divisions in the company, as we begin to leverage our ability to now educate our clients through both physical and virtual platforms.”Join the fun and put the game back into your hands… Download here!
Challenger Teamwear persists as a leading market force in the retail industry, supplying uniforms and gear for athletic teams since 2001. Eighteen brand new products have been launched for the year, including top of the line jerseys, tracksuits, jackets and more. The 2020 catalogs are out and ready for perusing. Exclusive equipment and gear for all levels of soccer, volleyball, baseball, basketball and more are featured. Fully customizable uniform options, Under Armour and Adidas merchandise, GK Icon and CALMA sets and a wide range of pricing options will assure every squad or individual player is looking good, feeling great and playing phenomenal.
For the summer months, our Challenger Camps will continue to provide thousands of players and families the thrill of sport. We go to great lengths to ensure that your local community is always sent a fully trained, responsible and energetic coaching staff. From two years of age in the Tiny Tykes program through an elite level high school age in our various Challenger Camp Courses, the options for summer fun and skill development are endless. For those really looking to up their game, the new Next Level program is the perfect place to excel. Individuals and teams alike can expect to undergo advanced training in the categories of fast footwork, attacking moves, freestyle, speed of play, technique and first touch. Electrifying small-sided and finishing drills throughout the course make certain all campers leave far better than their first step onto the pitch.
Programs under the division of Challenger Academy will run all year round to bring the best coaches, training, travel experiences, and tournament opportunities directly to any individual, team or club. Academy staff training has begun this month with two major coaching events being run in both Brazil and the UK, with additional sessions being held for our staff based in the United States. If you’re making travel one of your new year’s priorities, there are multiple options for a bit of adventure through our World Tour groups. An incredible experience with the new Brazilian Tour to Rio and Buzios has been added to the 2020 Tours agenda for the year. Enjoy the opportunity to train with professional Brazilian licensed coaches, play against local opponents, visit beautiful sites and historic monuments and make memories that will last a lifetime. If a team outing and the chance to showcase individual and team talent closer to home is the goal this year, there are a number of tournaments scheduled and managed through The Tournament segment, as well. We will play host to nearly 2,500 teams over the course of twenty soccer tournaments in the upcoming year.
With another year behind us and many more to look forward to, we thank all involved from the bottom of our hearts. Without the staff, families, and coaches we could not make these opportunities possible for the players that inspire us daily. At Challenger Sports, we firmly believe that the power of sports from a young age has the ability to shape minds, bodies, and hearts… sparking the love and change that this world always needs a little more of. So here’s to another trip around the sun and to making 2020 one for the books!