August 30th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 35
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British Soccer Camp dribbles into the Pass
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Anna Kroupina Photo
William Thomas and Dennis Kalter (top row, left to right) are this year's coaches for the British Soccer Camp. Kids participating in the camp dressed up on August 23 for Wacky Wednesday! The camp not only improves soccer skills through various drills, but aims to do so in a fun, interactive manner that builds confidence.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Twenty kids eager to sharpen their soccer skills participated in the weeklong British Soccer Camp.

"The kids learn new skills, develop confidence and have fun playing. The camp helps players develop and provides memorable and positive experiences," says Recreation Programmer with the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Tracey Linderman.

This is the sixth year that the municipality has partnered with Challenger Sports to offer kids the opportunity to improve their soccer techniques, from passing and dribbling to ball control and shooting.

But the camp, open to kids between the ages of 3 and 16, goes beyond just improving soccer skills. It’s an opportunity for kids to gain confidence, develop character and learn about other cultures, as Challenger’s coaches are from all over the world.
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“This is an organization that travels all across the world trying to improve kids’ soccer and make them have lots of fun enjoying the sport,” says William Thomas, one of the two coaches with Challenger Sports. Thomas and his co-coach, Dennis Kalter, have been travelling across Canada teaching soccer in different cities across the nation. Prior to heading up the camp in Crowsnest Pass, they had taught soccer in various cities in Ontario this summer.

“It’s been a brilliant camp so far,” says Thomas, who’s been playing soccer since he was four years old. “We just hope that the next year, there’s more numbers, that it keeps expanding and that the kids can get more interest in soccer.”

Kyle Kurcha has been participating in the British Soccer Camp for six years, since it was first brought to the Pass.

While Kyle doesn’t plan on becoming a professional soccer player, he says he enjoys the sport as a hobby and an opportunity for being outside.

“I like the running around aspect of it and just having fun,” says Kyle. “I like the coaches because they teach you different skills.”
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