Southampton Teams with Challenger!

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Saints & Challenger working together in USA!

Southampton FC are the OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM of Challenger Sports and the two organizations will engage on a number of joint soccer initiatives in North America to further help the growth and development of the game.

The Southampton FC Academy is one of the most respected youth development programs in the world with a long and rich history of producing top quality international players such as Gareth Bale, James Ward-Prowse, Theo Walcott, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Southampton FC are committed to taking this expertise in player development and working in the USA to develop coaches and players for the good of the game and turn their potential into excellence at all levels.

Les Reed, Executive Director of Football at Southampton Football Club, commented: “We are excited to be working with Challenger Sports. I have long been aware of the great work Challenger Sports do to grow our game in the USA and Canada, and increasingly, in other parts of the world.

The formation of this partnership is another sign of the club’s continued global progression through collaboration with football organisations that share similar values to us and have a commitment to growing football for everyone who wants to turn their potential into excellence.”

Southampton FC will also support Challenger Sports in their recruitment and training of Coaches who will conduct over 3,000 British Soccer camps throughout the USA and Canada.

To celebrate the partnership, Southampton FC are offering one lucky Challenger family the opportunity to win an all-expense paid trip to England, to watch a Southampton FC Premier League home game at St Mary’s Stadium!

*A family is defined for this competition as two adults over 18, and two children under the age of 18. The adults will need to be parent/guardians of the children. If there are family members outside of these parameters, Southampton FC can arrange accommodation, travel and match tickets for a set figure booked at the same time as the 4-person family. Air travel will be in the economy section of the selected aircraft. The hotel will be in the city of Southampton. Not open to employees, or employee family members of Challenger Sports or Southampton FC.

To be in with a chance of winning this prize, all you need to do is enter your details on the Saints website and Southampton staff will randomly select a winner to win the soccer trip of a lifetime. The prize will be for a match during the 2017/2018 season at a date that is convenient for the winning family.


In 2018 Challenger will launch a limited number of Southampton F.C. Player Development camps. Each camp will feature:

  • Camp curriculum created by Saints Academy staff
  • 2 Southampton training jerseys and shorts
  • Southampton Water bottle
  • Detailed evaluation
  • Opportunity to be selected to train at Saints Academy
  • Southampton gift package for camp liaison

Would your club like to host their own exclusive Southampton Player Development Camp?

  • Offer a camp that your competitors cannot match
  • Attract players from other clubs to attend
  • Provide a superior level of coaching for your players
  • Affiliate yourself with a professional club
  • Raise the expectations of your players and coaches
  • Generate more interest in watching games on TV

Here’s all you need to do:

  • Provide one dedicated camp liaison within club
  • Provide one full field with goals
  • Set up host families for Southampton Coaches
  • Help distribute marketing material to club members
  • Promote camp through club social media
  • Guarantee a minimum 32 players

Contact us now for more information.

Starting in 2017, our partnership will feature an all new Southampton FC Premier League Experience Tour. This incredible tour will provide both teams and individual players with an Academy level training experience, and an exclusive, up close and personal look at the people, facilities, and training methods that have created some of the biggest names in the world’s game.

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To begin planning your exclusive Saints Tour please contact the Challenger World Tour travel experts today.

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