My kids have spent this week participating in a CHALLENGER SPORTS soccer camp at a nearby neighborhood park. These camps which take place around the country bring in talented college aged instructors from Europe and South America to teach soccer fundamentals to kids here in the USA. My son and daughter were bummed that their favorite soccer teams in this summer's World Cup competition lost, but were really excited that their coaches at this Challenger Sports soccer camp were from the countries they had been cheering on (Brazil and Britain). In addition to getting some great tips on improving their soccer skills, the kids also spent a lot of time picking the brains of these two guys about life in the countries they call home. So while these coaches are helping kids develop soccer skills they are also serving as a cultural ambassadors getting camp participants interested in the broader world out there.
They used some goofy games to get kids interest in learning soccer skills. The kids really seemed more enthused in doing drills when they weren't taken too serious and made fun to do. By letting them be silly by doing things like having to wear a cone on their head really got the camps participants engaged in the activities.