A smashing success: British Soccer camp returns to London


British Soccer camp returns to London

By Chris Miles - cmiles@civitasmedia.com



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British Challenger Soccer camp comes to London

Young campers play two-on-two while British Soccer camp coach Martin Craig cheers on in the background during the camp held at St. Patrick School Tuesday morning.


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British Soccer Camp coach Joseph Wilkie points out instructions during the soccer camp held at St. Patrick School.


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Campers battle one-on-one during the British Soccer Camp Tuesday.


Chris Miles | The Madison Press

The British have invaded London again.

The British Challenger Soccer camp is in full effect this week and dozens of London youth are reaping the benefits of specialized drills to help them develop skills, speed and confidence all while doing so in a fun environment on the fields behind St. Patrick School.

London soccer head Jeff Stiffler said the camp once again has been a smashing success and those participating will surely benefit from the coaching received from the three coaches in town for the week from overseas.

“The week is going great, the weather is great, the coaches from Great Britain are great. It’s been a good soccer camp,” Stiffler said. “There are 35 kids out here this week, that number is down a bit from last year. I had a lot of parents who had their kids out on vacation this week. It’s one of those things where we had to put a week together and a lot of families are gone.”

The fact kids ages ranging from 6-18 are getting a chance to hone their skills and play the game they love will ultimately pay off.

“I think the biggest thing is it gives the kids a chance to play against other kids that are good,” Stiffler said. “It brings up their morale, their ability, their skills, their confidence, that’s the biggest thing. Of course they’re working with the British coaches and their ability to get them to the next step.

“My goal is to make sure this is a long term thing for these kids. It’s probably more a short term thing for the younger kids who may not continue with soccer. With kids who stay with soccer there are definitely some long term benefits. This is our sixth year and you can see the benefits of the kids at the high school level. They’ve learned better skills at a younger age and have really used them.”

British Soccer coaches Joe Walmsley, Martin Craig and Joseph James Peter Wilkie are staying with a local family and getting a chance to teach the sport they love.

“They are here for the summer. These guys are dedicated coaches who love the game and love to teach and you can see it,” Stiffler said. “This is probably the best group of coaches I’ve had out here in six years. They are very into it, they are teaching the proper technique and if someone is doing something wrong, they’re correcting it.

“They just love this game and love the kids.”

Young campers play two-on-two while British Soccer camp coach Martin Craig cheers on in the background during the camp held at St. Patrick School Tuesday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/06/web1_Lon-Soc-camp1.jpgYoung campers play two-on-two while British Soccer camp coach Martin Craig cheers on in the background during the camp held at St. Patrick School Tuesday morning. Chris Miles | The Madison Press

British Soccer Camp coach Joseph Wilkie points out instructions during the soccer camp held at St. Patrick School.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/06/web1_Lon-Soc-Camp2.jpgBritish Soccer Camp coach Joseph Wilkie points out instructions during the soccer camp held at St. Patrick School. Chris Miles | The Madison Press

Campers battle one-on-one during the British Soccer Camp Tuesday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/06/web1_Lon-Soc-Camp3.jpgCampers battle one-on-one during the British Soccer Camp Tuesday. Chris Miles | The Madison Press
British Soccer camp returns to London

By Chris Miles

cmiles@civitasmedia.com

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