Would you like your child to have the time of their life all the while meeting people from all over the world and seriously improving their soccer? New York Red Bull Soccer camps can offer this thanks to their fantastic facilities, their perfected program and their hand-picked coaches that are specialised in youth development with high level qualifications. Why not take this chance to give your child the holiday of a lifetime?
The camp at the Centenary University is ideal for families living in the North East. Forty miles from New York, it has two full-sized soccer fields as well as a modern indoor multi sports facility that is ideal for hosting a soccer camp. Campers that choose the overnight option will be hosted in single or double sized dorm rooms that has everything they could expect from a dorm room.
It is situated just outside of Hackettstown in New Jersey and is easily accessible from Route 46. Hackettstown is a lovely place to enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants or relax in some of the bars that are offered in the beautiful downtown area.
The College of Saint Elizabeth camp is also offered as a day camp or a full board camp. It can easily be accessed from Route I 287 and is also located directly on the NJ Transit Morris & Essex Line at the Convent Station, so access to this camp is very easy.
The dorm rooms are air conditioned, and there are full sized natural grass fields as well as two entertainment areas, so the campers will be very well hosted and there is ample space for everything that the coaches and staff want to do to provide a lovely and educational holiday.
Georgian Court University is spread over 156 acres in Lakewood New Jersey and is midway between Philadelphia and New York City, as well as being close to both Six Flags and the Jersey Shore. There is a state of the art Wellness Centre that is fully equipped for physical fitness, athletic excellence, and environmental awareness.
More relevant to soccer, there are full sized fields, of both the natural grass and artificial turf kind as well as a gymnasium for indoor play. Both day camps and full board are offered, and there will be air conditioned rooms for those staying overnight.
Mercy College is almost situated directly on the Hudson River and is less than thirty minutes from Grand Central Terminal in New York City. In December 2015, Mercy College opened a brand new residence hall complex that includes a 5,000-square-foot fitness centre facility, around 350 beds as well as student commons with shops.
There is a state of the art artificial turf soccer field with outdoor seating for spectators, as well as a dining hall with the Fresh Start Nutrition Program. The rooms are newly refurbished and have air conditioning in case it gets uncomfortably warm.
Easily accessible by both car and public transport, the Montclair State University Soccer Park is home to the New York Red Bulls II soccer team, who play their home matches at Pittser Field, so this is a premium setting for a New York Red Bull soccer camp.
Campers will be hosted in The Heights, the University’s newest residence halls which have either single or double sized dorm rooms. The soccer will take place on a very high quality, state of the art, artificial turf field, and there is also a modern indoor multi-sports facility.
Peddie School hosts one of the biggest camps that is offered, with capacity for over 200 campers. This is a big advantage because it means that the players will be more likely to divided into groups of similar levels, making it easier to coach and more productive in terms of coaching.
It is easily accessible from both New York and Philadelphia, located just off the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95). There are several full sized natural grass soccer fields as well as an artificial turf soccer field, which gives the campers plenty of space, regardless of their numbers.
Rider University promises state of the art facilities both on and off the soccer fields as well as a challenging and supportive environment for campers to enjoy their holiday and improve their soccer. There are full sized artificial turf fields as well as full sized grass fields, and both the dining rooms and dorm rooms are maintained to a very high standard, so these promises are substantiated.
The campus is within driving distance of both Philadelphia and New York, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, so it is the ideal location for anyone living in these areas.
Just off of Long Island’s North Shore, the Knox School is a very impressive waterfront campus. It includes a horse farm and a historic mansion, and the rustic atmosphere is not only very enjoyable, it is also quite unique as very few soccer camps can offer this atmosphere, especially so close to New York City.
There is a full sized soccer field and recreational facilities. Couple this with being a short walk from the local beaches, it will be almost impossible for the campers to be bored!
The Stony Brook School is located across the street from the train to New York’s Penn Station, 10 minutes from the Port Jefferson/Bridgeport ferry, and less than 20 miles from MacArthur Airport, which means it is very easily accessible from all forms of transport.
There are two full sized soccer fields, two gymnasiums, comfortable recreation and dining spaces as well as a swimming pool. All these facilities are high quality and provide the setting for a lovely holiday that the coaches and staff will make sure to deliver.
Firstly, it is worth mentioning that all these camps offer permanent security and are accommodating to vegetarians as well as those who are intolerant to lactose and gluten, so there should be no dietary or security concerns.
Days will typically start quite early as it is important for health as well as motivation and discipline. Campers will have time for a relaxed and healthy breakfast before heading out to the fields for one of their two daily training sessions.
There are undertaken by the expert coaches and have been developed meticulously. They will include drills intended to train one particular skill such as ball control, shooting, passing or dribbling and will be taught so that the campers know why they are doing the drill and what they can do to improve in future.
After the morning session, the players will have lunch. This is the chance to recuperate, regain some energy for the rest of the day and also reflect on the morning session. It is also the chance to make friends and enjoy some tasty food, designed to help the players develop and improve.
In the afternoon, there shall be a second training session. While the morning one will focus more on technical ability, the afternoon one will focus on tactics. Players will learn about positioning, the role they should be playing for their team depending on the formation, how to use tactics to win soccer games and much more.
This can transform a good player into a great player quicker than technical training, because a player who truly understands this side of the game does not even need to be particularly technically gifted. Strikers especially can be poor soccer players, but thanks to their understanding and reading of the game, they have a knack to find themselves in the right place at the right time, and that is enough.
After the second session, the campers will have an hour to either rest or participate in non-soccer activities. This could include going to the beach or the swimming pool, tennis or even basketball, and are a great way to build team harmony and make sure that the kids don’t get burned out.
There will also be tournament play, which will allow the players to put their new technical and tactical knowledge to the test. Soccer is fundamentally competitive, and it is also when it gets competitive that the players can get the most out of it, in terms of enjoyment and improvement.
Bedtime will be around 10:30 PM as it is important to get sufficient sleep. Campers shouldn’t have any problems falling asleep since the days are tightly packed with fun activities!
The New York Red Bull soccer camp is a unique opportunity for players to get advanced and specialised coaching, and to be pushed mentally, physically, technically and tactically further than they have been before.
There are not many camps that offer this in the United States, and New York Red Bull is hoping to develop players from a young age, something that is common across Europe but not yet the case in the US. This is actually part of the reason that American players perform less well on the international stage and in European leagues.
The only American players playing in top clubs in the world, such as Christian Pulisic for Chelsea, tend to have been developed in Europe rather than the US since they are more willing to develop young players, and this camp is the chance to give your child a competitive advantage over other young American players.
New York Red Bulls have shown a true desire to develop players in recent years, setting up the first cost free program in the MLS that provides a learning environment for youth players in the New York metropolitan area.
This shrewd approach to player development has already started to play dividends. The New York Red Bulls II, a reserve team set up in order to increase player development in 2015, managed to defeat Chelsea by 4 goals to 2. This was admittedly in a friendly but is still a good sign of things to come.