Summer break is officially here and summer camps have already begun.
For the Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp, set for Monday, June 25-29, the camp is prepared and ready to accommodate boys and girls ages 7-16. The camp will run 9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m daily at the Freeport Rugby and Football Club (FRFC)
Each year the camp invites coaches out of the United States. Most recently, the FRFC announced the four soccer minds that will assist with the campers during the week long camp.
Chris Kranjc is the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville; he previously spent 17 years as HC at Hastings College in Nebraska where they won NAIA National Championship in 2010.
Robbie Pringle is the Coach Development Officer at Northumbria University as part of the FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre where his time is invested in supporting the development of coaches working within the female game.
Abbie Sadler returns for her third Sir Jack Hayward camp and is the Coach Development Officer at the new FA Women’s High Performance Centre which is based at The University of Gloucestershire, where she is increasing the number of coaches in the female game and developing the quality through bespoke development programs, workshops and observations.
And lastly, Alex Guyer is the Assistant coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville for two seasons. He also played at Hastings College and was a three-time All-American Goalkeeper and three-time conference defensive player of the year.
This daily reached out to FRFC Youth Development Officer Stephan Sheehan where he discussed what parents and potential campers can expect just how the yearly camp has become a fixture in the calendar of summer camps on the island.
“The Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp has become a staple in the community as a way to kick off the summer for kids around the island,” Sheehan stated, “It gives us an opportunity to connect with soccer players from both our own program and those around the island who want to improve their skills and stay active and make new friends.
“Parents and players should expect a well-organized, fun-filled week where they can learn from qualified professional coaches and hopefully, that encourages them to become part of the Freeport Rugby Football Club and join our boys soccer program for the 2018-2019 season.”
Sheehan further noted that the boys soccer program has seen improvement since he came on board as Youth Development Officer. He also explained the reasoning for the timeframe for the popular soccer camp.
“The boys’ program has been growing and improving throughout the year since I arrived in January. Our Wednesday training session is focused on skills and fitness, with Saturday being a competition day. We typically have about 40 boys out on a Saturday with several coaches including myself, Desiree Paris and Jake Edey.
“As far as the length of the camp, we would rather have one great week with professional coaches rather than two weeks and not be able to afford to bring over those coaches, so one week is the best solution for the moment.”
With campers gaining the necessary attention from next level coaching Sheehan expressed he is hopeful that the campers, new or old, would be inspired.
“This camp can help elevate the popularity and interest in the sport in that players will have more individual attention from professional coaches who can not only help them with their skills but also show them what it takes to compete and play at a higher level.
“Hopefully, this exposure to high-level coaching will inspire some amateur players, or those who previously didn’t have much interest in the sport, to consider it as an opportunity to go to college and play soccer. Anything we can do to give kids a chance to use sports as a way to further themselves and their education/goals is important as a club.
“Also, once word gets out that someone signed up for camp, we hope it has a domino effect and it’ll draw more kids into the camp and thereby our soccer program. It also helps that the World Cup is going on right now so soccer should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind in the news and on TV. So perhaps that will also lead to more interest in the sport and inspire kids to get out on the pitch and get involved with our camp.”
The Club is offering a special discount for this year’s camp. Registration forms are available at the Rugby Club and Barefoot Marketing. Registered campers can pick up their uniforms Sunday, June 24 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
For more information on the camp you can contact Sheehan via email at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org.