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Challenger Sports soccer invasion aids local athletes
by Bruce Harper
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The British soccer camp went all week long with around 60-70 Beeville area players taking the opportunity to learn from young coaches that have been around the game all their lives.
The British soccer camp went all week long with around 60-70 Beeville area players taking the opportunity to learn from young coaches that have been around the game all their lives.
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BEEVILLE – The annual visit from the British Isles brought three young soccer coaches to town this week to supervise about 60-70 young Beeville devotees to the sport.

Youngsters as young as three and as old as 17 were learning from Arran Stewart from Bath, Mark Mulchey from Liverpool and Emmet Crotty from Cork, Ireland.

Two of the three have been playing and working in soccer since they were born. Crotty confesses that he is a Business Information Systems student but wanted the chance to travel and experience the different cultures offered by the United States.

“We’re being paid to travel the United States and teach/coach soccer. It doesn’t get much better than that,” said Stewart, who is the lead man of the trio.

“I have been very impressed with the skill levels of these youngsters,” said Stewart, who competed at top age level schools in England before a broken leg ended his playing days. He is now going for his coaching degree and hopes to continue to make soccer a career. It is his love.

“We are getting the older kids into game situations, and they are really picking things up quickly,” Stewart said.

Mulchey has been working in the states on a year-round contract with Challenger Sports. He has been stationed in Austin coaching four teams in the capital city’s biggest youth soccer organization and then joined in the traveling coaching clinics for the company over the summer before he heads back to Austin.

Crotty, the red-headed Irishman, confesses he doesn’t play soccer but does love to coach and help out the young athletes. His talents as a piano player and singer have made him a hit wherever he travels in the states.

The trio will be off the soccer trail next week and will get to do a little freelance traveling. The week after the holiday weekend (July 4) the group will be reassigned to an unknown location.

“We just go wherever they (Challenger Sports) tell us to go,” Stewart said.

It is all part of a busy and fun summer for the three traveling coaches.
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