UK International Soccer has partnered with the city of Peoria to offer soccer camps throughout the summer for the youth in the community.
The camps were founded in June 2020 to give kids the chance to gain insight from soccer coaches from the United Kingdom. The kids can develop skills such as passing, shooting and defending in a friendly and welcoming environment.
In the prior camps, there were approximately 10 athletes assigned to each coach. This allowed the kids to maintain social distancing in an open field while still being able to learn soccer basics.
With the COVID-19 restrictions lifting in Arizona, city of Peoria staff felt they could offer more room for participation moving forward.
“We are hoping that the COVID numbers continue to decline,” said Peoria Recreation Supervisor Franz Fuhrmann. “That way we can host more kids and provide the opportunity to more individuals. That is our goal.”
The previous camps had few participants because of strict pandemic policies by Peoria ordinances and the UK International organization. The city of Peoria was able to offer the maximum number of entries allowed despite the ongoing pandemic crisis.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced last month that “events of more than 50 people will no longer need the approval of local governments.” While this includes youth sports, it is important that social distancing, along with health and safety guidelines, be followed, he said.
The camp requires children to have their temperature checked before entering the field. Fuhrmann applauded the UK International organization for this move.
“We allow players to wear masks if they want, although it is not a requirement,” Fuhrmann said. “The coaches from UK International do wear masks. We want to make sure everyone is as safe as possible.”
This year’s summer camps are open to players from age 4 to 16. The camp is intended for those who want to learn the basics while enjoying the game, and like-minded individuals, Fuhrmann said.
The UK International Soccer Camps are May 24 to May 28 at Paloma Community Park, and May 31 to June 4 at Rio Vista Community Park.
To register, visit the city of Peoria website, peoriaaz.gov.