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Summer Football Camp | England UK | York

Learn to play better football on this ‘serious but fun’ Summer Camp designed to improve individual skill and awareness levels and make every participant a better team player.

Summer Camp Programme suitable for ages 10-17

Programme Overview

Village Camps was a pioneer in the organisation of top class football camps in the early 70s. The high Summer Camp standards continue through to today. For the past 5 years our Football Director, Neil O'Donnell, has devised an exciting modern coaching programme that is really enjoyed by our young footballers and admired by other coaching organisations. Neil, who directs the programme on-site, is one of the highest qualified coaches working with young players in football camps. He is already qualified as a UEFA 'B' coach and is working towards his UEFA 'A' grade.

Coaching takes place every morning on the excellent training area and football pitches close to the accommodation, using the new state-of-the-art ‘all-weather’ artificial surface in the event of wet weather conditions. Players are divided into age and ability groups and the dedicated coaching team work hard and enthusiastically to develop individual skills and techniques, as well as teaching tactics and team moves. At the end of most sessions there is a short competitive game for each age group, usually on a 5-a-side pitch, with time taken out to analyse tactics. Points that require individual attention are identified, discussed and improved.

Our comprehensive course covers:

Summer Camp corners, free kicks and penalty-taking
Summer Camp short and long passes
Summer Camp dribbling, ball control and individual skills
Summer Camp heading
Summer Camp phases of play
Summer Camp special goal-keeping session
Summer Camp short 5 or 6 a-side sessions
Summer Camp fitness and diet
Summer Camp tactical sessions using DVD
Summer Camp viewing and analysing great games of the past
Summer Camp studying outstanding players and performances
Summer Camp sportsmanship

Highlights & Free Village Camps Football Kit

One of the highlights of the session is the last-day, competitive and hard fought game where the results of the intensive work of the past two weeks are clearly demonstrated. Later in the evening, at the Awards Ceremony, performances and effort are rewarded with prizes for the best, most improved and most sporting player in each age group.

All Village Camps footballers eagerly look forward to the full day excursion to Old Trafford, the home of the world famous Manchester United. The visit includes the Museum, Trophy Room, Club Shop, dressing rooms and a chance to walk down the players’ tunnel and step on to this famous pitch. Alternatively, in certain circumstances, we may substitute Old Trafford with a visit to the home of the current Premiership Champions, Manchester City, at their impressive Ethiad Stadium with the same exciting on-site programme.

This very special day concludes with a visit to the superb new National Football Museum in Manchester – the world’s biggest and best football museum! Visit the Hall of Fame, see some historic football memorabilia and test your skills, speed, reactions and accuracy. Take a penalty and see if you can score a goal!

Finally, each camper will take home, his or her own attractively designed and much-prized Village Camps kit – football shorts and a football shirt.

Accommodation, Excursions & Activities

The Village Camps site, Queen Ethelburga's College, provides an exceptional standard of state-of-the-art accommodation. The Camp has an impressive range of leisure and sports facilities all in the glorious 'parkland' setting of the green Yorkshire countryside. Highlights include a full day excursion to Manchester with time for shopping and planned leisure activities in the impressive Trafford Centre and a half-day excursion to the historic, walled city of York with time to visit the famous York Minster and other major points of interest. In the afternoons and evenings, campers at York enjoy an exciting range of activities. Highlights are the fun team competitions on BIG Night, International Night and the Talent Show.

Further details about the excursions and activities can be found in the "Country England Overview Page".

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English Language Add-on GBP 150

*Not available for campers booking the main English programme


This is a superb, busy language programme designed for those campers who want to choose one of our main speciality programmes BUT who would like to spend some time learning English. VCTV takes place on a total of eight weekdays for 90 minutes for each session. This innovative programme is designed encourage every participating camper to speak English.

VCTV is operated by a mock TV crew of campers who design simple daily programmes for a short TV broadcast. Each camper has a role – Director, programme planners, camera operators, interviewers and editors. The crew produce a daily programme to be viewed by all campers – with news, interviews, in-depth investigations and clips that will appear on the website for parents. Every “job” involves discussions and co-operation, so everyone has to speak with their TV colleagues IN ENGLISH!

VCTV is run by a TV production and editing expert working with our qualified English teaching staff and other specialists. Extra English VCTV is available at a supplementary cost.