Kids with cleats, coaches with culture

Kids with cleats, coaches with culture

International coaches run soccer camps in Spruce Grove this summer

From foot skills and fake outs to training and tournaments, the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps will keep local kids in their cleats this summer.

Challenger Sports coaching staff will once again cross the pond to give Spruce Grove soccer players world class technical and tactical training for two weeks in August.

The camps, offered by the City of Spruce Grove and the Spruce Grove Soccer Association, will run Monday to Friday from Aug. 15 to 19 and Aug. 22 to 26 at the Fuhr Sports Park in Spruce Grove.

The Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps PDF being offered are as follows (all prices are in Canadian dollars):

Camp Age Bracket Time Cost
First Kicks Ages 3-4 years 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. $100
Mini Soccer Ages 4-6 years  9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  $125
Player Development  Ages 6-18 years  9 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.  $170
Player Development  Ages 6-18 years 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  $170
Goalkeeper Camp   Ages 6-18 years  12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  $170
Full Day  Ages 6-18 years  9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  $250
Full Day Advanced  Ages 6-18 years  9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   $250


Since 2011, Challenger Sports’ coaching syllabus has brought an innovative daily regimen of foot skills, moves, juggling, practices and daily tournament play that weaves in lessons off respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship to Spruce Grove.

Young players will be introduced to the game basics, competitions and skill-building activities while older, more advanced players, will focus on mastering core techniques through individual and small group practices.

Off the field, the international soccer program provides a unique cultural exchange opportunity as local families can host a British soccer coach, for one or both weeks, in their home. During this time, coaches teach about the customs and traditions of other countries while learning about life in Canada. Families who participate and host a Challenger Sports coach receive an $80 rebate toward a soccer camp.

Each camper will receive a gift bag that includes a camp T-shirt, soccer ball, fold-out poster, personalized skill performance evaluation and access to online coaching resources.

Additionally, local soccer teams are welcome to attend and receive a week of focused instruction to prepare them for the fall season. Team camp rates are available.

Challenger Sports External, the leading provider of sport camps in Canada and the United States, will run more than 3,000 soccer camps and clinics for more than 150,000 players across North America this year.

Space is limited so parents are encouraged to sign up in advance at External. For more information, visit or email us Email.