GRANITE CITY — The Granite City High School boys’ soccer program recently held its third annual summer soccer camp June 13-16 on the high school’s campus.
The camp had its second year in a row of a strong showing, with 70 second- to eighth-grade campers attending. The camp is for boys and girls and is run by the boys’ head coach Kenny Jackson. Despite the hot and humid weather, campers and coaches did an excellent job of working hard all week.
According to Jackson, there are a few factors that set the camp apart from other summer camps, one of which is that it costs $50 and that includes a camp T-shirt and a Nike soccer ball. The quality of coaching is another aspect that is important for a good turnout. There were many repeat campers from last year. In total 14 coaches who worked the campers, which comes out to a 5 to 1 ratio for campers per coach. With that individual attention the campers can really enjoy the camp and get the attention that is needed at young ages, Jackson said. Most of the coaches are current or former high school players in their second year of working at the camp and engaging with the kids.
The camp is broken up into two groups, grades second to fourth and fifth to eighth. Jackson said it’s important to have these two groups because they should be working on different aspects of the game relative to their age. Even though there are two groups, one theme present throughout the week is that soccer players need to be confident on the ball and do their best to always have a thought behind what they did, not just get nervous or lazy and just kick the ball.
“Summer is a time for family, pools, vacations and camps of all sorts and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with many great people that help put the camps on from the secretaries, custodial staff, coaches, high school soccer players, and administration,” Jackson said. “There are a lot of moving parts to a camp and without the support of the community, the camp would not be successful. I hope the campers and families had a great time at the camp this year and I hope to see everyone supporting the GCHS boys’ and girls’ teams this fall and spring. From the GCHS soccer staff, we’d like to say thank you for choosing to participate in our annual soccer camp.”