Camp self check-in is on Sunday afternoons from 15:00 pm – 16:30 pm and self check-out is on Saturday mornings from 09:00 am – 11:00 am.
This Arsenal soccer programme aim is to encourage students to play ‘The Arsenal Way’.
We recommend the Academy Programme (all day soccer) only for students of 12 years and above due to the intensity and physical demands involved. All of the activities and coaching are conducted in English and the camp multinational environment means that students will primarily communicate in English throughout their stay. This offers a ‘total immersion’ experience and maximizes an individual’s opportunity to practice and gain confidence. Confidence is the key to success in any language and constant use of that language is the key to that confidence. Students are also offered a varied selection of evening entertainment and cultural experiences through weekend excursions.
The soccer program is lead by one Arsenal Soccer School coach at each site. Arsenal head coach assesses all players on Mondays.
The Exsportise ethos is learning by experiencing so depending on an individual’s level of English and language goals, students can choose from the following options:
Sports and/or language day:
- 6 hours per day (Monday thru Friday) of coaching led by an Arsenal Soccer School Coach (morning (3h) and afternoon (3h) for Soccer only Camp)
- 3 hours of English per day as Foreign Language (EFL) (Morning or afternoon for Soccer and English classes option)
- 3 hours per day (Monday thru Friday) of coaching led by an Arsenal Soccer School Coach (Morning or afternoon)
The programmes are overseen by Arsenal Soccer Schools Head Coaches and a team of accomplished assistant coaches. All other staff are very experienced enthusiastic individuals who return to camp year after year.
Staff to student ratio on campus is 1:5 and all are resident on site. All staff are police checked and have completed Child Protection Training.
Each venue has 2 full-time on-site Medical Officers plus many trained First Aiders and each venue is within easy access of hospitals and other medical professionals.
Exsportise welcomes students from all over the world although limit the number of students from any one country at any one course. This ensures that the courses are multi-national and include native speaking English children too. Exsportise do try their best to accommodate all room share and non-room share requests.
• Learn to ‘Play the Arsenal Way’
• Programme designed by an Arsenal Soccer Schools Head Coach
• 3 or 6 hours of coaching each day
• Wide range of skills, drills, tactics and match play
• Basics of sports science
• Focus on confidence and game experience
• Players will receive an Arsenal Soccer Schools shirt and bottle
• Average coaching ratio – 1:10
Students who are at the camp for longer than one week go on two one-day excursions each weekend supervised by Exsportise staff. The focus is on relaxation and fun after a hard week at camp.
One excursion is to the home of Arsenal – The Emirates Stadium and the second is a visit to a theme park/other attraction or a nearby city of historical and cultural significance.
One of the highlights of the camp is a visit to the home of Arsenal Football Club – The Emirates Stadium in London. Students will be taken on Arsenal’s new state of the art audio-visual tour where a host of Arsenal stars share their match-day experiences. Students will get to explore behind-the-scenes, take their place in the changing room, listen to the roar of the crowd and walk down the tunnel. The tour includes a trip to the spectacular interactive Arsenal Museum which houses exclusive exhibits including Michael Thomas’ boots from Anfield ’89, Charlie George’s 1971 FA Cup final shirt and Alan Smith’s shirt from 1994’s European Cup Winners Cup Final. Students will also get the opportunity to visit the Arsenal store.
All the venues have swimming pools. Other facilities include table tennis, table football, short tennis, volleyball and television, and Exsportise offers all students supervised internet access.
A special programme of evening activities is available to Arsenal Soccer Schools students. This includes playing in matches and tournaments against local sides, as well as watching matches and analyzing them with coaches. Other non-football related evening entertainment will also be available where students can join in with those participating in different programmes (Oundle and Seaford only offer other sports camps on site).
Arsenal Soccer Schools – Sample Weekly Schedule with English Language Classes Option (Subject to Change):
For participants with all day soccer, English classes on the schedule will be replaced with Soccer training sessions.
The Arsenal Way!
Attitude To progress to your full potential as a soccer player it is vital to have the correct attitude both on and off the soccer pitch. You need to be as positive and dedicated as possible to fully master your skills and you need to be cool and composed when under pressure to keep control of the moment you’re in.
Respect Always respect your team mates, your opponent, your coach and the referee. In order to get the best out of your team it’s important to appreciate the efforts of those around you. If you fail to respect the opponent you underestimate their potential, which can make your own standards fall below your usual level. Soccer should be played in the spirit of fair play, encouragement and fun. Take advice from your coach to help your game improve and remember self-respect is key for your own development as a player and a person.
Skills At Arsenal we believe that skills and technique are essential to inspire creativity, flair, excitement and entertainment. Skills can help make soccer fun, help you improve as a player and help you beat your opponent. Be inventive with the turns and tricks you use to move the ball, use both feet and don’t forget to work on the basic skills such as control and passing.
Energy You need to have lots of energy to get the most out of playing soccer. The longer you can maintain a high level of fitness for, the more this will benefit you in games. If you’re not as fit as you can be, it becomes difficult to play to your maximum level. Drink plenty of water, avoid junk food and be as active as you can in your day to day lives.
New thinking Embrace your coach’s ideas and always think about different ways you can improve tactically and technically. Be creative with your thoughts and express them on the field whenever you can.
All for One As much as you can work on your own development, soccer is a team game. The more you work with your team mates the better you will become as a player and a team. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from football is a game that can be played by everyone. Enjoy the feeling of belonging to a team and do all you can to help your team mates.
Learning Learn how to play the Arsenal way. Soccer based around passing and movement, technique and skill. Incorporating the principles of fair play, teamwork, expression and fun!