CAMERON PARK — Learning how to play futbol, British style, made its way to Christa McAuliffe Park recently.
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Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, conducted a week-long soccer clinic at the park through Cameron Park Community Services District. Almost a dozen kids, ages 4-8, competed in morning sessions. The kids learned the basics of soccer that included ball control and foot skills.
According to its Website, challengersports.com, “Over 110,000 boys and girls will join us this summer on one of our week-long camp programs … amazing coaches, awesome accents, innovative practices and a unique cultural twist combine for a one of-a-kind camp experience.”
Coaches for the camp are from Britain, and stay with host families in the region in which the camps are conducted. Kieran Sauboorah, 22, served as instructor at the McAuliffe Park camp.
Sauboorah has an extensive background in coaching and playing soccer. Born and raised in North London, Sauboorah has coached soccer, as well as basketball, to youths in recent years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport Coaching and Development.
“As part of my degree, I have coached many young children and performers,” Sauboorah said.
He started playing soccer at age 7. He still plays on a semi-professional level.
Sauboorah admits to being “very keen with the gym and quite a fitness fanatic. I generally eat very healthily. Foods such as, all meats, sweet potato, brown rice, brown pasta and all vegetables.”
If he’s not at the gym four to six times a week, Sauboorah is playing soccer.
“My main hobbies consist of playing futbol and going to the gym,” Sauboorah said. “I absolutely love futbol, and have played it all my life. Mostly, I generally like to do any sporting activities; tennis is another favorite one mine to play.”
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