Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Challenger Sports camp and other camps I could send my child to?
Challenger’s camps are staffed by coaches from Great Britain and Brazil who are selected and trained specifically to give your child the best possible camp experience. The camp curriculums have been created to maximize your child’s contact with the ball and provide the maximum opportunity to learn. In addition to some serious coaching, we weave in just the right amount of fun and cultural education to make this a magical week for your child.

How long do summer camps last?
Summer programs take place from June-August and last for one week. The players will meet at the same time and place every day (M-F) that week for camp.

What are “Academy” programs?
Academy programs take place during the spring and fall and are typically 6-8 week long instructional programs that meet once or twice a week (depending on the program).

What’s the difference between British Soccer camps and TetraBrazil camps?
Both camps provide similar technical coaching to mostly the same age group, however, each has a very unique cultural emphasis and teaching style influenced by their coaches.

British Soccer
The British Soccer Camp will help players develop improved core skills, teach them new fakes and moves, and features World Cup style games each day where campers are encouraged to learn about the customs and cultures of different countries. ***see cheat sheet for further details

The TetraBrazil camp is heavily influenced by the Brazilian culture and will include warming up to music, practicing skills to a samba beat, learning Portuguese words and numbers, and the curriculum will focus heavily on individual footwork and skills. *** see cheat sheet for further details.

First Kicks – One hour per day, ages 3-4
The innovative program was created by childcare specialists to introduce children to the very basic skills of soccer. First Kicks activities will include running, turning, stopping, kicking, throwing and catching and will help improve balance, agility, coordination and social skills.

Mini Soccer – One and a half hours per day, ages 4-6
The Mini Soccer camp will provide children with a wide variety of individual and small group practices which will help them develop the fundamental technical aspects of the game such as: dribbling, turning, stopping, passing and shooting. The practices are coached in a positive and upbeat way and feature lots of fun games and competitions that the kids love!

Half Day Camp – 3 hours per day ages 6-16
This is our most popular camp program and will feature individual skill development, core techniques, one on one skills, freestyle soccer and small sided games. This program is suitable for all skill levels and the campers will be separated by age.

What if I have children taking half day camps in different age groups – will they learn the same things?
Each age range will follow a separate program, however both programs will include individual footwork exercises, pairs and small group practices, small sided games, coached scrimmages and the Camp World Cup.

Full Day Camps – 6 hours per day, ages 8-18
A more advanced camp for serious players which will follow the half day camp syllabus in the morning and then will focus on game related techniques, tactical development and coached match play in the afternoon.

I have a child taking a full day camp – is the lunch break supervised?
If your child has a one hour break between camp sessions, the Challenger staff will normally be on hand to supervise lunch (campers bring their own sack lunch). Please check with your Regional Director for more details.

Golden Goal – 2 hours per day, Mon-Thurs., ages 6-14
This is an optional bonus camp session for half day campers which will feature a more relaxed and fun series of games, competitions and scrimmages.

Typically, how many children will work in a group with one coach?
Historically we average around 12 players to one coach, however on occasions this may be higher.

Do you offer child care before or after camp?
No, our coaches are not able to provide this service.

Who should I call if the weather is bad during camp?
Please refer to the 10 reminder you received via email for details about camp and your Regional Director’s contact information.

I am the coach of a team, can you provide a camp for my players?
Absolutely, we can create a camp specifically for your team. We will send you a team analysis sheet so that you can help us identify the strengths and weaknesses of the team. Please contact your local Challenger Regional Director for more details.

What is the host family program?
This is one of the most popular parts of our camp program. If you would like to host a coach for the week, please contact your local Regional Director. The sooner you contact them, the more chance you have of hosting!

Who can I talk to further about camps?
For general questions call our customer service team 1-800-878-2167 ext. 239 or email info@challengersports.com
For questions regarding a specific camp, please contact your local Challenger Regional Director.

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