left, and Colin Morow, right, were two of the coaches on hand last week
for Dundalk-Eastfield Rec's Challenger British Soccer Camp.
For the past seven years, soccer players from Europe have been
traveling to the United States to teach American kids how to develop a
real appreciation for how the game is played.
According to Andy Yianni, one of eight soccer coaches in the program
and a former semi-pro soccer player, about 120 children signed up this
summer to participate in the Challenger British Soccer Program, which
breaks last year's record of a little over 60 participants.
"Kids from age three to age 16 have joined together to take advantage
of this opportunity,"� stated Yianni. "It's been really great to see
them get so involved and be full of so much excitement, especially in
these uncomfortable temperatures."
The weeklong soccer clinic took place at the North Point Government
Center located on Wise Avenue in Dundalk, and began on Monday, July 5
and ran until Friday, July 9, daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Temperatures
that week topped out at more than 100 degrees.
The cost for a full day of the soccer clinic is $158 which includes
many activities, snacks and, don't forget, the opportunity to play with
European soccer players. This past year, Chris Baxter took over the
program which was recently handed over to him by his brother Mike
Baxter who operated the clinic for the last six years.
Parents are also joining in on the excitement, especially this year
with the growing popularity and interest within the program.
"Both my daughter and son are enrolled in the weeklong camp, and I
absolutely love to watch them out there on the field. It's a great
experience for them to see the cultural difference in sports,"�
acknowledged parent Rodi Maul.
Maul also added that three of the soccer players actually stayed in his
home throughout the week, which he admitted was very cool.
Yianni believes the reason so many of the kids are so excited about the
camp is because of one game in particular called the "World Cup".
"They love when we break them into groups because each group represents
a country such as Argentina, Italy, France and so on. Once we do that,
they compete against each other to see what group or country will win,"
If this sounds like something you believe your child would be
interested in, then don't wait another minute. Visit www.challengersports.com
to register today for a program near you, so
that you can make sure your child will enjoy a new understanding and
appreciation for what soccer is all about.