A brand new training facility, offering soccer coaching camps to tourists, is to open in Orlando, Florida.
Travel and tourism entrepreneur John Donnelly is hoping tourists will fly to Orlando for the coaching programme, to be run by Donnelly’s new company, Sunny Soccer. The camps will offer half-day coaching sessions from Orlando City player James O'Connor, while the package will also include a family ticket to an Orlando City home game, all for a price of £49.
Donnelly spotted the opportunity to offer "an extra attraction for families going to Orlando,” and believes that the soccer camps will prove popular with families looking for holiday activities for children during their stay in the city.
Sunny Soccer will run for eight weeks this summer, offering coaching sessions for children aged between three and 13 years old, at Orlando’s Austin Tindall Park. Children taking part in the camps will receive a goody bag, including an Orlando City branded t-shirt and membership to the Sunny Soccer/Orlando City club, which will give children updates regarding the club’s on-field progress. As a way of drumming up more support for the fledgling club, only founded in 2010, it should prove successful.
The camps represent an alternative option for families seeking activities on their holidays, and the blossoming popularity of soccer stateside, especially amongst children, could see Sunny Soccer emerge as a template that other travel companies seek to emulate.