International youth soccer camp coming to Peoria this July

International youth soccer camp coming to Peoria this July

Challenger Sports is coming to Peoria, and will bring with it a weeklong international soccer camp from July 8 through July 12.

Challenger Sports is a leading soccer camp company in North America and has been a provider of soccer camps for over 30 years. This year, the company launched its international soccer camps, which are intended to be innovative experiences that will “accelerate the learning process of young players,” according to its website.

Certified coaches from around the world will be present at the event and, according to Sean Lines, account manager for Challenger Sports, each one will bring a coaching background that is unique to their respective country.

“We have coaches from multiple countries — predominantly coaches from the United Kingdom, Brazil and the USA,” Lines said. Our coaches are professional coaches. They got their licenses back in their home country as well as over here with U.S. Soccer, so our coaches have a world full of knowledge.”

Kids, ages 5 through 14, can sign up for the half-day program, which welcomes all skill levels.

The half-day program will include different stations for players, with each based off a different country and its strengths. For example, the Brazil station will work on technical and footwork, Spain will work on passing and moving and France will work on possession. Every day, the half-day program will end with a “World Cup” competition, where players will team up to compete against each other.

Lines also said the team is excited to use a new video-based coaching app that will help players progress their skills.

“(The players) can watch videos and upload videos of themselves doing the skill, and then they can get virtually coached,” Lines said.

Campers who attend will receive a camp T-shirt, soccer ball, the iChallenge app with 20 skill-building videos, and a personalized skills evaluation.

The half-day program runs from 8 to 11 a.m. and costs $155. The camp will be located at Rio Vista Park, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road.

To sign up, visit challenger.configio.com, or call 1-800-878-2167 ext. 280.

Challenger Sports will host a weeklong international soccer camp from July 8 to July 12. (Photo courtesy Challenger Sports)