We recently paid a visit to Dulwich College Beijing (Legend Garden Campus) to observe the Beijing Kickers‘ wold cup-themed summer camp. On the day of our visit, we meet the campers outside in the school’s grassy soccer pitch. I am greeted by Ralf Minow, Co-Founder of Beijing Kickers. I watch the kids play while Minow fills me in on the camp and a little about the soccer club.
Ralf says that while Beijing Kickers focuses on age-appropriate techniques and teamwork, the purpose of the camp is also to be social. “We teach kids to work together starting at a young age. But our main goal is for the kids to make new friends and play together.”
The camp is definitely a chance for children to stay physically active during the long summer months. The week-long camp’s daily schedule is broken down with lots of training and playing time in the morning, swimming just before lunch, and more pick-up games in the afternoon. At the end of the week, the group celebrates with a BBQ of hamburgers and sausages. When the AQI is above 220, campers will practice inside the Dulwich Dome, equipped with an air filtration system. The group takes a short walk The Dynasty Garden Club House or uses Dulwich’s indoor pool for swimming each day before lunch.
There is currently no deadline to sign-up. Parents are encouraged to register for the camp, though last-minute sign ups are also welcome. See below for information or to sign up your child for the Beijing Kickers’ last week of summer camp at Dulwich.
Who: Kids ages 5 and up are welcome to sign up for the summer camp. Kids are divided into three age groups; 5-7, 8-10, and 10 and up. Groups are subject to change based on numbers of campers and ability.
Where: Dulwich College Beijing Legend Garden Campus
When: The final camp of the summer will be next week, August 4-8. The daily camp is held Monday through Friday 9am-3pm.
Cost: 2,150 RMB (for one week). There is also a shuttle service available from downtown and back and for an extra RMB 300 per week.
Photos: Courtesy of Beijing Kickers