The Hope Soccer Girl’s Residential Camp is for girls going into grades 6th -12th, open to all ability and experience levels. Campers will have the opportunity to train and compete in an environment designed to simulate the demands of competitive soccer while still emphasizing a positive, fun environment. Beyond quality teaching, campers will learn about the Hope College team culture, the emphasis on being a great teammate, as well as team building,
The on-field sessions will be led by the Hope College Women’s Soccer Coaching Staff, current as well as former players. Campers will be split by age and grade to make sure they are challenged accordingly. The camp’s curriculum will balance instructional sessions as well as game play each day. This will allow players to transfer new skills learned into their game play.
Goalkeeper Coach Kate Thayer has over 19 years of experience with the Hope goalkeepers. The Hope College goalkeeping program has successfully trained goalkeepers that are consistently among the league leaders in shutouts and goals against. Goalkeepers will receive specialized training that focuses on correct technique and footwork while working on diving, 1v1s, and cutback saves. Goalkeepers will train separately from field players throughout the week, but take part in small sided as well as full sided play.
Head Coach Leigh Sears and Associate Head Coach Elliot Slenk bring over 20+ years of college coaching experience. Together they have led a very successful program, which prides itself on tradition and excellence. Since taking over the program in 2000, the team has earned 6 MIAA conference titles and 6 NCAA tournament appearances. The Flying Dutch are coming off a 16-3-2 season that included a 7-0-1 mark in the MIAA as well as a trip to the Sweet 16.
The setting for the Hope Women’s Residential Camp is the campus of the Hope College, located in Holland, Michigan. Sessions will utilize the 1200 seat, lighted, turfed, soccer specific Van Andel Soccer Stadium. All campers will reside in one of the residence halls normally occupied by undergraduate students of the College. Meals will be served in one of the Dining Halls on campus.
The Hope Women’s Soccer Camp has been providing elite soccer camps to players from all over the Midwest region. They are structured to meet the needs of each individual player, while providing a fun, safe atmosphere to encourage positive development as both a player and a person. This all female environment allows players to focus solely on soccer and learn from those who have already been through our program. The Hope Soccer Camp will surround you with student-athletes committed to championship athletics.
Campers are trained using the same winning techniques found at Hope in practices everyday, which have been developed from years of coaching and leadership experience.
Hope Women’s Soccer has been highly successful, winning 3 out of the last 4 conference championships while also making NCAA appearances, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2018.
In the last eighteen years, Hope’s unique culture has produced winning seasons in fourteen of those with six MIAA Championships and NCAA berths. Hope also engages in a challenging non-conference schedule competing against some of the best in Division III.
Hope College Women’s Soccer has also won the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup for a league-leading 36 times.