Would you like your child to spend an incredible soccer filled week influenced by one of Canada’s very best club’s philosophy? Do you want them to participate in advanced training sessions in order to improve their soccer in a technical, tactical and physical way as well as meeting other players from all over the globe? If so, the Montreal Impact soccer camps are the ideal choice for you!
This camp is the opportunity for nine to fifteen year old players to refine their level and improve their skills. The players will be separated according to age and ability in order to maximise global and individual progress.
There are two prerequisites to make sure that the players will not be overwhelmed at the camp. The first is to have been a part of a soccer club for the last three years and the second is the ability to juggle the ball at least fifteen times. This will make sure that all the players have a minimum level in soccer before the camp.
The camp takes place at the Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne which is a public pre-univeristy situated in Montreal. Temperatures in the summer in Montreal are generally around 22 degrees centigrade, which is ideal for playing soccer. It is warm enough to makes injuries less likely and still cool enough that they are unlikely to suffer from dehydration or excessive heat.
Montreal is a vibrant city, and it is filled with beautiful attractions and fun activities. Mount Royal, from which the city gets its name, is 692 acre city park which offers an incredible combination of nature and and the city through lovely views and pathways. Street fairs are very common in Montreal and are a fantastic way to get a feel for the culture and have a chance to buy local products and produce.
As well as this, you can wander through Old Montreal to experience its European roots and to explore the city’s finest restaurants and historic landmarks. Finally, the Underground City is an unmissable attraction. It is over thirty kilometres of underground passageways from restaurants to shops to anywhere else, and it is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer.
The College de Bois-de-Boulogne’s sports facilities are exactly what you would expect from this sort of soccer camp. It has a synthetic turf soccer field which is a more than adequate setting for all the training sessions.
Synthetic turf has its disadvantages but for training sessions, it is without question superior to most grass pitches. It does not worsen despite being used every day and eliminating all possible bad bounces means that it is easier to practice technical skills.
As well as this, there is a gymnasium for indoor activities and even a swimming pool for those who fancy a dip in their downtime. All the sporting facilities are of a guaranteed quality and are crucial in providing a positive experience for all the campers.
The players will be staying in shared rooms of up to four people, with boys being put with boys and girls being put with girls. The College de Bois-de-Boulogne has been hosting students for years, and is a bustling and alive place all year round, and there are plenty of activities available on the campus to make sure that the campers don’t get bored. An example of this is the outdoor beach volleyball pitch!
All of the meals at the camp are prepared in house at the Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne cafeteria. It is crucial for athletes of any age or level to have a balanced and healthy diet as this helps with recovery, with muscle development and even with things that people do not link to nutrition such as sleep. The cooks work hard to provide these balanced and yet tasty meals, and take pride in their work in the kitchen.
The Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne is a busy place, with over 2500 students and most of its outdoor facilities are open to the public as well. However it also has over 450 staff members that make sure that everything runs smoothly, and the camp staff will always be supervising the children, and being in range if any issues arise at any time. There are absolutely no security concerns to worry about.
The schedule at the Montreal Impact soccer camp has been specifically designed to make learning soccer and improving the campers’ level as easy as possible. It has been carefully created with the club’s mentality and if the players work hard and seriously, then they will leave the camp with fantastic memories, new friends and as better soccer players.
Days will start at 7:30 AM and the campers will have over an hour to wake up, have breakfast and prepare themselves for the day ahead. It’s important to not rush things in the morning and getting ready at a leisurely but productive pace sets them up for a successful day.
After a presentation of what they will do during the day, the first training session of the day will take place. These will usually be focused on one or two specific skills or areas of soccer. For example, if it is a more technical session, then a skill like passing, shooting or dribbling will be practised through drills and games and then the skills will be put into use in more match-like situations.
After the training session, the campers will have a more relaxed couple of hours, where they can unwind and reflect on what they learnt with free time and lunch. It’s important to have this time because no one can be fully active all of the day and it gives them time to have fun with their new friends and recharge so to speak.
Next, the campers will have their second training session of the day. As well as encouraging technical progression, the coaches will be trying to improve the players’ tactical understanding of the game. To do so, they will be teaching them about positioning, what role they need to play within their team and what it really takes to win a soccer match.
Then the campers will have some free time and a snack and will also have the chance to shower and freshen up. A group activity will be organised, which can take many forms but the objective of them is for the kids to further their friendships and make sure that they are enjoying their holiday as much as possible.
Finally, after a healthy dinner, there will be a themed evening. An example of such a theme is Impact’s Got Talent, which is a fun talent show that give the kids a chance to showcase a talent or skill that they have to the rest of the camp. It is a great chance for the kids to come out of their shell, and not only do they build friendships during these evenings, they also learn important life lessons such as respect of others.
To ensure that everything runs smoothly, campers will be asked to arrive from 3 PM onward on the Sunday before the camp begins. This gives them the time to settle in a little bit and gives the organisers time to welcome everyone.
Address: 10555, Avenue de Bois-de-Boulogne, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H4N 1L4
Closest airport: Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Closest train station: Montreal Central Station Gare centrale de Montréal
A transfer from the airport can be organised thanks to a shuttle organised by the camp. This will come at an additional cost and takes under half an hour.
The Montreal Impact Soccer Camp is available for players between the ages of nine and fifteen, both boys and girls as well as outfield players and goalkeepers. It was started in 2015 with the intention of giving the kids a week of 100% soccer, which is many young player’s dream.
There are two prerequisites for participants. The first is that the players must all have been players at a club for the past three years and secondly, that they can all juggle the ball fifteen times. This is to make sure that all the campers have a suitable soccer level, or it will not be beneficial for them and they will hold the group back.
The camp is directly imbued with Montreal Impact’s philosophy. The club was founded in 1992 and competes in the MLS, and in 2015, it became the first ever Canadian and only the second MLS club to qualify for the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, the most prestigious club tournament in North America, Central America and the Caribbeans.
In 2019, they announced a new manager who is a legend in the footballing world. That man is Thierry Henry, a player who is often considered the best player in the history of the Premier League, which is in turn considered by most to be the best league in the world.
He was an unbelievable player who was capable of everything and anything, and he was an integral part of the Invincibles, the Arsenal team that did not lose a game for a whole season. He also played under some of the best managers in history, namely Arsene Wenger at his prime and Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.
He is a man who knows what success tastes and looks like, and will be raring to impose his vision at Montreal Impact, all throughout the club. He will already have added his considerable knowledge and principles to the philosophy of the club, and having such a man at the head of the club can only be a positive thing.
The camp will benefit from his influence, and the desire to win and improve is the minimum of what will be important at the camp. The camp will operate through learning and understanding the game of soccer as well as practising and training various skills and competences in order to globally improve the camper’s soccer level, and it is a tried and tested method!