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Youth Summer Soccer Camp in León, Nicaragua

Posted on Thursday 14 March 2013


This summer ViviendasLeon is taking soccer coaches and soccer players from the U.S. to Nicaragua to run a youth soccer camp in the León community for about 60 local participants ages 5-18.  We  invite coaches and soccer players to join us in this life changing adventure!

In partnership with the USF Women’s Club Soccer Team, we are forming a group of soccer players and coaches to run a week long soccer camp. The cost per person is $1,120 for 8 days not including international air fare costs. See below for our detailed description and application that covers all the logistics about this program.

Download an application

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U.S. participants will be picked up at the airport in Managua and shuttled to Leon. From there they will be introduced to their home stay families and start the week with an introductory workshop on coaching techniques and soccer drills to run with the Leon youth. Based on age and soccer experience, U.S. players will be paired up in facilitating soccer training sessions with Leon youth of the appropriate age group.  Camp will run for half the day allowing time for U.S. students to tour the local culture and art in Leon, as well as time to visit the Cerro Negro volcano!

How to get involved:

Discuss this opportunity with your soccer teams and organize a team trip together.

If these dates do not work for your soccer teams but you would still like to participate in a trip like this, contact us so we can customize another trip for your teams.

Come on your own as an all-star soccer coach to help run the camp and experience vibrant Nicaragua!

Donate used soccer shoes, equipment, and clothes!

Spanish fluency is not required. Ages 11 and older of teams are welcome.


In conjunction with the Women Win program design tool kit, the Goal Program Life Skills Curriculum, and U.S. Peace Corps Youth Leadership Training modules; VL has created a training program designed to incorporate education in all areas of life and using soccer as a tool to and platform to apply these skills. This training camp is made possible through a partnership with the USF Women’s Club Soccer team. Staff members in the U.S. responsible are Brianna Russell, Program Director and youth soccer coach for SF FC club teams, and the USF Women’s Club team. Leon staff involved include Indiana Garcia, Leon office director and Adolfo Pacheco, Leon travel programs director. Additionally VL is using an international  communications resource with The International Platform on Sport and Development.


Two years ago at our first soccer camp in Leon, Nicaragua VL was able to donate 20 soccer balls, 40 cleats and 50 jerseys and shorts. The camp had 40 percent girl participants and 60 percent boy participants that were living in Leon. Of the seven U.S. participants, four were girls and three were boys. This year our goal is to increase the number of participants from Nicaragua as well as the U.S. and increase the percentage of female participants to be 50 percent from both groups.


In collaboration and support from the sports equipment donation non-profit Providing the Gift of Sports (PGS), we plan to attract more partnerships for future camps and to build up a support network to keep this program running for the next five years.

Join us!

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