Peter Arch was part of the original British invasion of youth soccer in the 1980's. This influx of British soccer coaches changed the landscape of introducing millions of US children to soccer in a fun, kids first approach...with a little twist.
The British approach to teaching kids the fundamentals of soccer was perhaps unconventional from US standards at the time.
The understanding that attention span and athletic ability of children U2-U12 is drastically different and you need to teach an 8 year old different than coaching a 12 year old.
By coaching in small groups, adjusting the training space and providing full participation in short periods of time without a lot of standing along listening but rather doing is the magic ingredient.
Mix in a bit of Monty Python shtick and thats where the intersection of fun and youth development meet.
After 25+ years of building a national youth soccer summer camp business and the expansion into 14 regional offices, tournaments, European tours and a massive team uniform and merchandise business, Challenger Sports is now woven into the culture of youth soccer in the United States and millions of kids, families and certainly the explosion of youth soccer in the US are the result.
This is Peter Arch and Challenger Sports Story....