How can we help your coaches?
Coach Education, Team Training, Resources
Challenger can help your soccer organization address one of the most pressing issues in youth soccer – how to recruit, train, and continue to develop volunteer coaches?
We have created a turn-key coach education solution that will allow organizations to choose how much support they need, and when they need it. With hundreds of qualified and trained International coaches throughout the spring and fall seasons, Challenger has staff who can deliver coach education clinics, be rented for the season, or who can provide professionally run training programs as an add-on to the club’s current coaching structure. In addition Challenger has created a number of coaching resources available to the coaches in our partner soccer organizations.
PARENT COACH CLINICS
Clinics approved by United Soccer Coaches can be given by Challenger professional coaches to parents who want to improve their coaching skills. Clinic attendees are given instruction on organizing and coaching a youth soccer practice, demonstrations of core techniques and a wide selection of useful drills, practices and games that can be put into immediate use. United Soccer Coaches, formerly The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), is the largest coaching organization in the world and provides programs and services that enhance, encourage, and contribute to the development and recognition of soccer coaches, their players, and the game we love. Challenger has partnered with United Soccer Coaches to help raise the level of parent and volunteer coaching throughout North America. If your organization hosts a Challenger Sports camp, clinic or tournament, or has a team that goes on tour, or if you purchase uniforms from Challenger Teamwear, each of your coaches receive a six-month free trial membership to United Soccer Coaches! This great benefit includes their digital soccer journal, plus access to their Resource Library, and exclusive partner discounts.
COACH FOR HIRE
Our staff of professional coaches located regionally can also be hired to come to your organization to coach individual teams for improvement according to each team’s needs. Our International coaching staff bring their expertise exclusively to your community to maximize the potential of teams, players and coaches and will act as key role models, positively impacting the lives of coaches, parents and players.
Hire one of our coaches to work with multiple coaches at their team practices. Our coach will bring together multiple teams and their coaches to guide them through a set coaching session. Our coach will introduce the topic and set up centrally, before then helping your coaches with their individual group. As the session develops, our coach will bring the teams back in centrally to explain and demonstrate the next progression. At the end of the session, our coach will debrief your coaches on the session that has just taken place. It’s a win-win, the players have access to our coach working from our curriculum and your coaches get to be guided through their session.
US COACHES CLUB COACH EDUCATION CLINICS
Challenger Sports has partnered with US Coaches Club to provide modular coach education programs, on your fields, exclusively for your coaches. This custom created coach education and support caters exactly to the needs of your volunteer and part-time coaches, as well as providing an introductory coach education program for High School players.
FREE COACHING MATERIAL
Your organization will receive a digital coaching guide with enough material for a whole season, that can be printed and handed out to each of your coaches.
THE CHALLENGER WAY
Registered coaches and players in the clubs who host a Challenger Sports camp or clinic will receive free access to Challenger’s online coaching resource, thechallengerway.com ($79 value).
Challenger’s coaching staff has spent the past 30 years developing hundreds of thousands of players and coaches throughout the world. That knowledge and experience is now available to help support your local soccer organization! This dedicated soccer website contains a comprehensive collection of HD training videos along with hundreds of practices and coaching tips for coaches of all ages and abilities to review, print out and use throughout the season.
NEW SKILL DEVELOPMENT APP – TopYa! iCHALLENGE
Players can now practice skills and freestyle activities at home by participating in professionally coached video challenges and contests. TopYa! is an interactive video-based mobile app that motivates and inspires players to reach new levels of skill and creativity, with virtual access to professional coach training throughout the year! Challenger has created the iChallenge content which in addition to helping players learn and master new skills, will also enable them to upload their own videos and receive personal coaching and feedback from one of Challenger’s coaching team. They can also earn points, compete in league tables with other players worldwide, follow and vote on other players, as well as challenge them to innovative freestyle duals.
HOW IT WORKS
• Download the Topya! app and with a special code, activate iCHALLENGE for free
• Get access 20 exclusive Challenger soccer skill videos.
• Players watch, practice, and master the skills.
• Players upload video clips of them performing skills.
• Players receive professional coach evaluation and feedback on the videos.
• Players score points, get ranked, challenge others!
CHECK OUT THIS NEW BONUS FEATURE FOR OUR PARTNER CLUBS
FREE CLUB STORES
Choose from a wide variety of quality Challenger Teamwear and Under Armour® apparel imprinted with your group’s logo. Challenger sets up a store in your name free of charge. Your club store will have the appearance of an online store just for your group which can be shared with anyone. You can even add a profit to the base price of the items selected, and the profit comes direct to you. Apparel worn with your identity by parents, players, their family and friends also provides awareness of your organization within your community.
To get more information on any of these services, please contact your local Challenger representative.