Players chase a soccer ball around Goudy Field in Langford during the Open Gate soccer camp last year.

Church hosting third annual soccer camp

Open Gate church offers affordable soccer camps for kids

Who said meaningful sports camps have to cost an arm and a leg?

For a third year, the Open Gate Anglican Network Church is hosting its soccer camp, this time at Westhills Stadium. Aimed primarily at children in Langford aged six to 12 who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in sports camps, the morning sessions offer skills training, soccer and non soccer-related games, snacks and even a bit of entertainment, all for $35 from Aug. 19 to 23.

Feedback on the camp has been positive, says Ivor Bremner, camp co-ordinator.

“We’ve got lots of comments back from parents saying it’s the best camp their kids have ever gone to,” he said. “We get a number of repeat campers.”

The fee, less than similar local soccer camps, was made affordable  as a form of outreach to the community, Bremner said. “We’re trying to connect with families and provide a service.”

A drawing card this year is head coach Brian Robinson, who played for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian national team and was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. To register, visit www.theopengate.ca or call 250-590-6736. Scholarships may be available for families who cannot afford the registration fee.

Sponsorships to help cover the costs of the camp are also being accepted. Call the number above for details.

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