Kids enjoy British soccer skills camp

Published 6:36 am Saturday, July 2, 2016

The game of soccer was on display at the Bogalusa Sports Complex on Avenue B from June 20-24, as children took the opportunity to learn about the game and compete against each other at the British Soccer Camp.

“This is our sixth year to have the camp,” Bogalusa Parks and Recreation Director Landon Tims said. “It’s growing every year. The kids love it. Soccer is really growing in Bogalusa. A lot of kids like to play. This year, we’ve got about 25 kids to 30 kids and it’s just a really good camp.”

The campers are coached by a member of Challenger Sports’ elite team of 1,200 British Soccer Coaches, who are flown to the United States to work on these programs.

“It gives them an opportunity to learn from somebody that really knows the game,” Tims said. “All of these coaches, they’ve played soccer their whole life. Most of them even get to the point to where they are semi-professional. They get into a club system. They just never make it big (in terms of a playing career).”

The clinic featured a total of 24 participants combined among the morning, half-day and afternoon sessions.

Throughout the clinic, the participants went through different drills and learned different skills including, shooting, passing, dribbling, technique and turning. At the end of each day, they played a World Cup game.