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The most popular sport in the world

British Soccer Camp teaches local kids the fundamentals of 'football'

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Posted: July 11, 2014 6:42 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2014 5:54 p.m.
The most popular sport in the world

British Soccer Camp coach Jack Sheeran of Bradford in Yorkshire, England, explains the rules for a game that teaches tackling. Sheeran is appreciative of how well American players listen to their coaches.

         Soccer — or football, as it’s known in the rest of the world — is deadly serious business in the United Kingdom.   
         British soccer coaches, however, know they need to sprinkle in a lot of fun to generate excitement among children in the United States.
         Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation and Challenger Sports — the largest soccer camp operator in the country — brought its British Soccer Camp to Mill Creek Park this past week, where four coaches from the U.K. and one from Brazil offered their expertise and creative teaching techniques to about 70 children.
        A separate skill — passing, dribbling, shooting, tackling and heading — is featured each day of camp. Each skill wrapped up into games that kept the kids begging for more — so much that coaches had to enforce breaks.
         “We don’t just promote soccer,” said coach Adam Jackson of Manchester, England. “We promote respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, leadership and integrity.”
         Additional fun activities included wearing wacky uniforms, sharing facts about England, and splashing each other in a water fight to close out camp.
         Coaches were impressed by the park's facilities, the attitudes of the campers and especially by the level of interest in women’s soccer in the U.S.

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