As the school year draws to a close, children who’ve been glued to screens are in desperate need of being sprung from digital confinement — while their parents are ready for a little breathing room.
In fact, this summer the Czech tradition of “příměstské tábor” matters now more than ever, says Prague English Football School founder Sam who still has spots open in his popular annual summer camp.
“Kids have been stuck at home with very limited social interaction and minimal ways to burn off their energy and practice their motor and social skills,” he says of why parents need to ensure they find a movement-focused camp experience in Prague this summer.
He adds that sending kids to camp also takes the pressure off parents who’ve already had 12 weeks with kids at home and now face another 10 weeks of summer holiday.
Sam, a former coach in the U.K., started Prague English Football School (PEFS) in 2015, seeing a gap in the market for youth recreation programs. The summer camps program debuted shortly thereafter.
Since its opening, the organization now counts close to 200 kids (and their very happy parents) who, prior to the recent government-mandated closures, gathered to play every weekend in Prague 10 and Prague 6.
While PEFS was forced to cancel classes from March to May the school kept in touch with parents, sending ideas for popular games and activities coaches do with kids during the regular season.
The summer camp, held at the International School of Prague in Nebusice will offer some of those same high-energy drills as well as both individual skill development and team-building games meant to encourage character and sportsmanship.
“There’ll be lots of age-appropriate activities, a combination of fun and learning delivered by a team of professional coaches and teachers, inclusive and for all abilities and experience levels,” Sam says of the summer camp program.
The school is looking forward to seeing familiar faces return and meeting new ones. “It’s our fifth year and many families have attended every year,” he says of the camp which counts both Czech and international children on its roster of participants.
Those who are returning can expect the same dynamic and engaging camp experience, although this year’s camp will of course see some changes, as staff implements the government-mandated hygiene policies including hand sanitizer for groups, separating campers during lunch breaks, and keeping contact to a minimum.
While the high-fives may not be flying this year, anyone sending their children to Prague English Football School’s summer camp can still expect a confidence-building experience that engenders a love of the game as well as a strong sense of community.
“We have built a really big community in Prague and are very well known, people love being a part of the school be it the parents, kids, or coaches,” says Sam.
He encourages anyone who hasn’t firmed up plans for camp to sign up now. “Especially at this moment in time, I think it’s vital we just let kids be kids.”
Prague English Football School Camp
Location: ISP (International School of Prague, Nebusice)
July 6-10, 2020
Full day 10:00-15:00, half-day 10:00-13:00
Price 5,000 CZK full day, 3,500 CZK half-day (sibling discount of 10%)
Girls and boys age 4-13
To learn more visit www.pefs.cz/summer-camp