I received a week of British Soccer Camp in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
The summer between her last day of elementary school and taking on Middle School. It is a big one. Miss M broke her comfort zone, tried out for the girl's soccer team and made it. It was huge for her. As her mother, I should tell you, I recognize that she is the least coördinated girl. She's big on spirit and she is determined.
A season of soccer. The trials of being a new player on a seasoned team. The thrill of making contact with the ball. It all lead to this passion she didn't know she had. She LOVES soccer.
Her team made the play-offs. She got to try a new place on the field.
The Soccer Banquet she was awarded the Most Committed award.
The heat in Southern Virginia in mid-July is unbearable. The heat in Southern Virginia at a sports complex on artificial turf and no trees is crazy.
There was excitement.
Then she came home and there were tears.
She was tired. She was thirsty. She felt defeated.
She wanted to quit.
I wouldn't allow her.
The next morning, she took her decorated soccer ball and headed back to British Camp.
Oh, the difference a day makes.
She fell in love with the sport again.
She made friends.
She learned techniques to improve her play.
Each day we heard updates about the World Cup game they were playing--and how she hoped her team would take the win.
Her coaches Shane and Connor were amazing.
They spoke with a British accent--which I would have endured the heat just to hear speak!
The week became a soccer celebration.
She played hard.
Learned something new everyday.
She made friends.
She learned fun facts about soccer.
Her team didn't take the World Cup that week, but her rewards were greater. She learned how determined she is. She learned that sometimes quitting isn't the answer. She learned a greater love for the sport of soccer.
It all concluded with dumping the cooler of ice-cold water on each other in a team water fight.
And then a group photo.
Challenger Soccer Camp is how my daughter spent a week of the summer between elementary school and middle school. It's the week she'll never forget.