Coaches from Ireland and Great Britain come to Ruidoso (Summer 2017)

Coaches from Ireland and Great Britain come to Ruidoso

On July 14, the Lincoln County Soccer League invited a group of coaches from across the globe to help build the soccer skills of local youth. Coaches Joe Rogers, Sam Cleary, and Bryan Etherson from Challenger Sports conducted a five-day British Soccer Camp with fifty young soccer players ages 4-14. Many of the kids in the local camp were vacationing in Ruidoso from other states and towns, including Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri.

According to camp director, Joe Rogers, “Our aim at Challenger Sports is to develop the players’ skills and knowledge of the game in a fun and challenging environment.”

Their aim was met, as players spent several hours each day improving their soccer techniques through fun drills and scrimmages. Children were divided into age-level teams and played a “World Cup” tournament through the course of the week. The camp ended with a flag decorating contest and awards ceremony. One young player said, “I liked the camp, because it was fun and the coaches were funny.”

 

Coaches who shared their expertise are from left, Sam Cleary, Bryan Etherson and Joe Rogers. Campers are from left, Leiren Nichols, Samuel Salcido, Cayden Wilson, Miles Cardone and Luca Tondino.

Parents agreed. Candace Bustamante, whose 7-year-old son Cayden participated in the camp said, “My son had an amazing time. He was excited every day. Joe, Sam, and Bryan were amazing with our kids. They laughed, taught them many great skills, and had so much patience.”

Each child left the camp with a British Soccer ball and t-shirt, and those who registered early received Challenger jerseys.

The Lincoln County Soccer League initiated the camp to provide children with more playing experience and help them see soccer as a global sport. League officials hope to expand their camp and clinic opportunities by offering short skill-building clinics from local coaches, many of whom have extensive soccer experience. Plans for tournaments and clinics with neighboring leagues also are in the works.

With such a positive response and high turn-out, the league plans to have the camp again next year.

“The Ruidoso camp was tremendously fun for both the other coaches and myself, as it allowed us to experience New Mexico for the first time,” coach Rogers said.

Parents also are already planning for next year’s camp. “We are definitely looking forward to doing it again next summer,” Bustamante said.

Article from Ruidoso News