The Women’s Prospect Camp is designed for girls, grades 9th – 12th to have an inside look and experience into what it means to be a collegiate soccer player. Campers will be put through training sessions that will mirror those sessions that the Hope Women’s Soccer Staff runs for their current team. Each session will test the campers physically, technically, as well as expand their tactical knowledge.
The sessions will be run by the Hope Women’s Soccer Staff and will be assisted by the current and former Hope Women’s Soccer Players. This extended 3-day camp will give players the opportunity to be seen over a period of three days where both the staff and player can get to know each other and learn what it takes to play at the next level.
This camp is designed to provide insight into college soccer at Hope College. In addition to the training and match play at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium, the home of Hope College Soccer, players will have the opportunity to eat lunch with Hope players as well as attend a player panel to find out more about Hope both academically as well as athletically.
Campers can choose to register as Resident Campers (stay overnight with us in the dorm), or as Commuter Campers. Campers who choose to commute stay overnight at home, and join us each morning for the start of the morning teaching session. The commuter day runs from 8:30am-9:00pm daily, and commuters essentially only miss staying overnight and breakfast each day, but otherwise do everything between 8:30am and 9pm that resident campers do.
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 Prospect 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.
Hope College soccer players are committed. Time and energy are channeled towards pursuit of team goals, without sacrificing the opportunities that make college great. Seventeen out of the last eighteen years, the team was named to the All-MIAA Team GPA Honor Roll for having a GPA greater than 3.3.
Our student-athletes participate in study abroad programs, internships in Chicago and Philadelphia, student leadership organization, community service programs, student government, collaborative research with faculty, work study, and various coaching positions in area middle schools and clubs.
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.