LIMA — Some children in Lima are taking part in a unique soccer experience this week with the British Soccer Camp.
Antony Bell, a soccer coach and the director of Lima’s camp this year, is coaching eight children, seven of whom are between 6 and 11 years old and one who is 4 years old. The camp is small but Bell, resident of Stevnage, England, said he still thinks it is going well. Despite the small numbers, Bell said he’s seen worse and that the children have great potential.
Latonya Glenn’s son, Ja’Quan, 10, is participating in the camp for the first time this year. Glenn said that Ja’Quan has been very excited for the camp.
The British Soccer camp is one of the camps that Challenger Sports runs. Simon Wigley, Challenger Sports regional director for Ohio and Kentucky, said they run 240 camps in the region. The Lima camp usually has about 20 participants but Wigley said there was a conflict this year for many of the children. This is the fourth year the British Soccer Camp has come to Lima, Wigley said.
The camp runs from 8 a.m. to noon. The 4-year-old comes in from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and then the rest of the children come in from 9 a.m. to noon. Normally, Wigley said, there is an older group that comes in later in the day but there are not any older children this year.
The camp is being held at the Vine Street fields. It began Monday and runs until Friday. The program teaches dribbling, moves, shooting, passing and defending, among others, according to the Challenger Sports website.
A larger camp will be held at the end of July in Bluffton, according to Wigley. That camps usually has about 60 children. Other camps are held in Elida and Delphos, among other areas near Lima.