A lot of it has to do with the coaches who run it. They are recruited by Challenger Sports, the organization that runs the camp, and a few of them fly in from England for the week to instruct, and they will be in town the week of July 28-Aug. 2 to work players from ages 3 to 15.
“It’s reputation, first and foremost,” Kennesaw’s recreation Division manager David Pies said. “The most important part of camp has been the character development and international component, which is something you don’t see at other soccer camps around the area. It’s really an international sport.”
The fact that it averages 100 players per session also brings the coaches back.
The cost ranges from $88 to $199 depending on the hours spent on the field. Local teams usually come and work out to prepare for the fall and spring seasons.
The coaches who will be coming to Adams Park are licensed by the Football Association.
Neil Lynch, the area manager of Challenger Sports who will be supervising the camp, said the principal theme of the camp will be understanding five character traits — respect, responsibility, leadership, integrity and sportsmanship — with coaches focusing on one trait per day.
“The coaches have experience working with youth players in pro academies, youth clubs and schools, whatever they may be,” Lynch said. “The age range of these coaches are from 20 to 40 years old. We provide the coaches and they deliver on the field. The energy they provide are well received.”
While discussing the key character traits, they also make each day of camp technical.
Players will get British expertise on balance and coordination, changing direction when possessing the ball, first touch control and passing, faking opponents, more accurate shooting, heading and defending. Players are evaluated on their skill performance at the end of the week and they leave with a T-shirt and a soccer poster.
One of the bigger draws of the British camp each year has been Camp World Cup where players learn more about the cultures of other countries that they were chosen to represent when they scrimmage each other.
“We embrace the global game as part of our program, and it’s fun,” Lynch said. “Kids will go away (from camp) and do research. They will have to represent one in the World Cup scrimmage.”
Players can register for the camp online at www.kennesaw-ga.gov/pkrec or in person at the Ben Robertson Community Center at 2753 Watts Drive. For more information, call the Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Department at 770-422-9714.