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By Nick Schrager
The British Soccer Camp, a morning to noon event led by Steve Slade and Kieran Condon of England, gave Marion County kids the chance to learn about soccer and much, much more. The camp, hosted by Marion County Youth Soccer (MCYS) and Challenger Sports ran from June 24-28. It gave kids a boost in morale and helped reinforce sportsmanship, respect, and teamwork. Children in attendance received soccer balls and t-shirts and picked their own countries for a mini-World Cup.
Slade, who braves the travel, heat and humidity to give kids a leg up in the game of soccer, said he does it because he loves to coach. Out on the field with Condon, they bustled with kids and ensured that everyone had the best experience possible.
According to Travis Webb, director of Marion County Youth Soccer, the camp is now in its fourth year, and the camp and the local program are both expanding. Webb wrote in a recent email that there is a general increase in players, and more girls are sticking with and participating in the program.
Anyone looking for more information on the program can visit http:// http://www.challengersports.com/.
People who wish to sign up for the camp next year can do so by contacting Travis Webb via email or telephone email@example.com or (270) 304-8591.