Arsenal Football Development Summer Schools Location & Details

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.

The Arsenal Soccer Camps are located at Four Sites:

Oundle School (11 – 17 years old)

Oundle School (North of London) has a long history dating back to 1556. Its campus is spread throughout the picturesque and typically English market town of Oundle, near Peterborough. Local facilities include an extensive array of sports pitches and courts and an indoor pool.

FACILITIES AND ACCOMMODATION
Comfortably and suitably equipped accommodation consists of:

  • 2 and 3 person bedrooms (Shared bathrooms)
  • Larger dormitories for younger students
  • Individual storage for each child
  • Oundle offers a state of the art language center and all sports facilities are on site
  • Oundle also has an indoor swimming pool and sports hall

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Clayesmore School (9 – 16 years old)

Clayesmore School (South-West of London) is situated in the small village of Iwerne Minster, near Blandford Forum. Set in the beautiful Dorset countryside, it offers an intimate environment and relaxed atmosphere. It is the ideal venue for first time visitors as it provides a distinctly family feel.

FACILITIES AND ACCOMMODATION
Clayesmore rooms are bright and comfortable. Accommodation consists of:

  • 2 and 3 bed dormitories (Shared bathrooms)
  • Some larger dormitories for younger students
  • Individual storage for each child
  • On site sports facilities and an indoor swimming pool

Worth School (10 – 16 years old)

Worth School (South of London) is one of the great historic schools of England and among the most beautiful. The school is situated in 500 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, within the grounds of Worth Abbey. Located in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Worth has housed the Benedictine School since the early 1930s. It is within easy reach of London and Brighton and close from Gatwick Airport. With exceptional facilities and boarding houses which have won architectural design awards, it provides a wonderful, safe environment for campers to experience and enjoy.

FACILITIES AND ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 and 3 bed dormitories (Shared bathrooms)
  • Soccer pitches and an artificial pitch
  • Sports hall theatre

Seaford College (10 – 16 years old)

Seaford College (Near London) sits in nearly 400 acres of “outstanding natural beauty” in the shadow of the South Downs. The Facilities, some from the 12th and 18th Centuries, include 7 hard tennis courts (4 of which are used for the tennis camp), 9 hole golf course, golf practice facilities including driving range, water-based artificial hockey pitch, soccer pitches, squash courts, sports hall, and an outdoor swimming pool.

FACILITIES AND ACCOMMODATION

  • Student accommodation consists of rooms with 2 or 3 beds and larger dormitories for younger students (Shared bathrooms)
  • A choice of nutritious food is served three times a day in the dining room
  • The camp can cater for most special diets on request
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • There are two full-time medical officers on site and a doctor, dentist, and hospital nearby

Ratio educators / children: 1 / 8 – 10

Camp Details

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 program’s aim is to encourage students to play ‘The Arsenal Way’.

Coaching program focuses on technical and tactical player development. Small sided games are played under high intensity conditions to improve passing, speed of movement, technique and game understanding. For advanced and experienced players, the camp offers a more intense and advanced level of coaching, which may include video analysis, sessions on nutritional advice, injury prevention and fitness.

The Soccer Only Program (all day soccer) is recommended only for children at least 12 years old 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. Students are also offered a varied selection of evening entertainment and cultural experiences with other sports camps attendees on site through weekend excursions.

The camp provides a multi ability soccer program to ensure that it addresses the needs of every level of player. On day 1 of camp, all campers are given a skills assessment and placed into the appropriate group or program. The skills test is age group specific, and all players will have the opportunity to do the test and compare themselves to all players attending Exsportise Arsenal Football Development.

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 Football Development Coach (morning (3h) and afternoon (3h) for Soccer Only Camp)
    OR
  • 3 hours of English per day as Foreign Language (EFL) (morning or afternoon for Soccer and English classes option)
    AND
  • 3 hours per day (Monday thru Friday) of coaching led by an Arsenal Football Development Coach (morning or afternoon)

The programmes are overseen by Arsenal Football Development Head Coaches and a team of accomplished assistant coaches. All camp staff are police checked and have received Child Protection training with many staff members returning year after year to Exsportise.

Overall staff to student ratio on campus is 1:4.

Average soccer coaching ratio is 1:10.

All staff are residential and live on site, sleeping in the same houses as the campers. Each student is allocated a House Parent and a Welfare Staff member upon arrival, who will take care of their welfare and happiness for the duration of their stay.

Each venue has two on-site Medical Officers, as well as trained First Aiders, and is within easy reach of hospitals and medical centres. It is important that the camp receives accurate medical information before camp.

 

NATIONALITY MIX:
Exsportise welcomes students from all over the world although limits 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.

KEY POINTS:

  • Learn to ‘Play the Arsenal Way’
  • Program designed by Arsenal Football Development and delivered by an Arsenal Football Development head coach
  • 3 hours (soccer and English) or 6 hours (soccer only) of soccer coaching each day
  • Suitable for children of all soccer ability levels from 9 to 17 years old (soccer only camp recommended for children at least 12 years old)
  • Skills and drills aimed at improving physical agility, dribbling,
    turning, passing and receiving, defending, shooting and finishing
  • Tactical sessions on patterns of play, phases of play, team shape,
    counter attacking and pressing
  • Players will receive an Arsenal Football Development shirt and drinking bottle
  • Average soccer coaching ratio is 1:10

 

FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS:

  • More intensive coaching and technical assistance
  • Nutrition, fitness, strength, and injury prevention
  • Opportunity to be selected to play against a local development team

Excursions

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES FOR CAMPERS STAYING TWO WEEKS
Campers staying two weeks will be offered two full day excursions during the weekend between the two sessions.

One excursion is either a visit to a nearby city of historical and cultural significance such as Bath, Brighton, Oxford, or Cambridge or a visit to a theme park/other attraction such as THORPE PARK or Chessington World of Adventures while the second excursion is a visit to the home of Arsenal Football Club – The Emirates Stadium.

One of the highlights of the camp for campers staying two weeks is a visit to the home of Arsenal Football Club – The Emirates Stadium in London. Campers may be taken on Arsenal’s new state of the art audio-visual tour where a host of Arsenal stars share their match-day experiences. Campers 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 will also include 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. Campers will also get the opportunity to visit the Arsenal store.

Please note that in some exceptional circumstances, England soccer clubs close their stadia in the summer months with very little notice and therefore exact destinations and availability may need to change without prior warning.

Social Activities

LEISURE TIME
Seaford College, Oundle School, and Clayesmore School have swimming pools. Other facilities include table tennis, table football, short tennis, volleyball and television, and Exsportise offers students supervised internet access.

EVENING ACTIVITIES
A special program of evening activities is available to Arsenal Football Development campers. The camp entertainment team plan lots of activities including talent shows, movie nights, team games, scavenger hunts, dodgeball, disco nights, and race nights. This offers everyone at camp a chance to mix and get to know each other better, outside of their English classes or soccer training. Soccer campers will also be able to join in with campers from other sports programs on site.

Arsenal Football Development – Sample Typical Day at Camp (Subject to Change):

A Typical Day

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 teammates.

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!