British youth soccer camp comes to Susanville
Campers play a game called Big, Unfriendly Giant during soccer camp Tuesday, July 31. In the game, the coach acts as a big, unfriendly giant who is sleeping. The children must sneak past him and retrieve “treasure” (soccer balls) without making any noise. If they wake the giant, he will chase them and try to take away the soccer balls. The popular game helps teach children how to dribble and walk with the ball. Photo by Maddie Musante
Aug. 8 — More than 20 Lassen County children participated in a Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp on Monday, July 29 through Friday, Aug. 2. The camp was held at Riverside Park in Susanville and children participated in mini-soccer, first kicks, half-day and full-day soccer camps, depending on their age.
Coaches were from Great Britain and focused on teaching the children the fundamental techniques of soccer through fun games, skill-building activities and match play.
According to Charlie Corsby, a coach at the camp, the younger children enjoy skill-building games the most, whereas the older groups usually love scrimmaging.
“With the little ones I always find the most favorite game is one we call Big, Unfriendly Giant. All the kids have a soccer ball and they go toward the cave of the big, unfriendly giant who has treasure and he pretends to be asleep. If you’re noisy and he wakes up, he turns around and you have to stop with your ball and keep it under control, and the kids are learning just to dribble and walk with the ball … and the aim is that they get close to the giant and he’ll chase them back if they move,” Corsby said.
Each day the campers got to practice foot skills, participate in technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and a daily tournament referred to as the World Cup. They also did at least an hour of core skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, heading and tackling each day.
Campers ranged from ages 3 to 14 and many are participants in Lassen Youth Soccer.
The camp’s coaches, who will be coaching in the United States for about three months, said they enjoyed visiting Susanville and that the locals were friendly and accommodating.
“Everyone’s been really nice, really welcoming,” Corsby said.
For more information on Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps, visit challengersports.com.