The Curry Coastal Pilot

As the number of soccer players in the USA nears 20 million, the soccer instruction company, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their "British Soccer Camps" in Brookings.

Brookings-Harbor Soccer League has teamed up with Challenger Sports to host the week long "British Soccer Camp" from July 23 to 27 on the upper field at Azalea Park off of Lundeen Lane.

The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger's team of 1,100 British soccer coaches flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs.

Challenger's new "1,000 Touches Coaching Syllabus" provides an innovative daily regimen of foot-skills, moves, juggling, tactical practices and daily tournament play. Challenger also weaves lessons on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship into the camper's daily routine.

The camp program also provides a unique cultural experience for the players, highlighted in the camp world cup. The coaches use this daily tournament to teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries. The campers are asked to make up soccer chants, wear the team colors of their country, bring flags and learn as much as they can about the country they represent.

Brookings-Harbor Soccer League is offering "British Soccer Camp" sessions for the following ages:

First Kicks: $73, ages 3 to 4, 9 to 10 a.m.

Mini Soccer: $98, ages 6 to 10, 10 a.m. to noon

Half Day: $117, ages 11 to 14, 9 a.m. to noon

Half Day: $117, ages 11 to 14, 1-4 p.m.

Full Day: $168, ages 8 to 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Teams are also welcome to attend and receive a week of focused instruction to prepare them for the fall season. Team camp rates are available from camp coordinator Cindy Beaman.

Space is limited andndash; parents are encouraged to sign up online in advance to avoid disappointment. Sign up at

Beaman can be contacted by email at .