TURIN — On the South Lewis High School soccer field, Luke Pannett calls out, “Play dead!”
Across the field, a group of children tumble to the ground. Most keep smiles on their faces, a soccer ball nearby.
Event organizer Tracy Worden speculated this technique was used to keep the children spaced out at Challenge Sports’ British Soccer Camp, hosted July 14 through 18. This was the second year the camp was held at South Lewis.
“Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a daily World Cup tournament,” said Worden. “For the kids that attended the camp, it was a great opportunity to learn new techniques, develop self-confidence, and have fun.”
The camp was coached by Luke Pannett and Harry Tomlinson, Challenge Sports staff members from the United Kingdom.
“The coaches are knowledgeable and inspired the kids by showing their enthusiasm and passion for the game,” said Worden, who hosted Tomlinson during his stay. Pannett stayed with the Flansburg family.
“The host families had a great time learning about the coaches’ experiences and their lives in the U.K. Hosting the coaches was fun for the whole family and they were good role models for the kids,” said Worden.
Those interested in learning more about the program may visit www.challengesports.com.
Campers include Parker Williams, Cameron Evans, Gunnar Griffith, Jacob Worden, Jonah Flansburg, Matthew Liddiard, Elijah Flansburg, Trevor Griffith, Matthew Skorupa, Samuel Arrigo, Nathan Wright and Tori MacKenzie.