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Get around the other active kids during school holidays at upcoming SCA camps in your area!

It’s never a nice thought to have your children on school holidays stuck inside, at home on the couch for days on end while you’re at work. Getting them out and about doing something they’ll enjoy is always a better option for them and for you.

For BMX-loving kids, Sports Camps Australia (SCA) have the solution in their recently created BMX camps, which are available to both BMXA members and non-members. Fortunately for parents in the Sydney region, the next camps are coming up soon! Check them out in the links below:

Sydney BMX Club host their SCA camp on April 16-17 at Sydney Olympic Park. To find out more click HERE!

Castle Hill BMX Club host their SCA Camp on April 23-24 at their local track. To find out more click HERE!


Who SCA is, and why they’ve had so much success already

Founded in 2013, SCA is an Australian-based company that has ties with ‘US Sports Camps’ which is the largest and most successful sports camp organisation  in the world.

US Sports Camps run all of the Nike Sports Camps, as well as other sponsored programs in the market. Their association with SCA has helped to build a blueprint for the Australian company. As a result, they work with the best coaches in the country, and in turn provide valuable administrative and marketing support.

Speaking of the best coaches, leading the new SCA BMX Camps program is Graham Douglas, who has over 20 years of BMX racing experience. Douglas has completed a level 2 coaching course at the Australian Institute of Sport as well as competing at Nationals and International levels.

There’s no doubt, he’s more than up to the task.

“We joined SCA with our BMX camps four years ago and it is continuing to grow and grow,” Douglas explains.

“The best thing about our camps is seeing kids turn up with no experience whatsoever, and watching them progress through the camp until at the end. They are balancing on the gate and competing in relays full of confidence.”

While he might be impressed by how participants improve their skill, the one factor Douglas can never get enough of is watching friendships form over the course of a camp. It’s what makes it all the more rewarding.

“The experienced campers seem to welcome new riders with open arms, and friendships begin very quickly after only a couple of days of knowing one another,” he continued.

Douglas and his team consist of his son Owen and elite women’s rider, Gemma-Lee Thomas. Their camps involve a wide range of activities from basic bike skills, to track riding techniques, and for those eager on the world of freestyle, there is even an option for that too.

Reflecting on his greatest achievement to date, Douglas puts it down to how far the SCA BMX camp has come, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from it.

“Four years ago, we started off with about eight kids. Now we have grown to more than 30 at each of our camps. That’s happened all just by word of mouth,” Douglas said.

The camps aren’t just for BMX members. Kids that aren’t registered with BMXA can still take part, and are covered by insurance regardless. It also makes a fantastic opportunity for kids to develop their skills, and maybe one day join their local club too!

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMP INCLUDE: 

  • Learn to ride faster and improve your tricks using daily camp tips
  • Unparalleled instruction from professional racers and coaches, including Graham Douglas and Owen Douglas.
  • Low camper to coach ratio to make you feel safe at camp
  • Daily emphasis on fundamental development, track riding strategy and more.
  • Daily lectures and fun competition where you can win prizes.
  • Every camper will receive a SCA Nike t-shirt
  • All coaches have accredited working with children checks and first aid.

 

If you’re still having thoughts about whether or not to sign up, check out their mission statement below!

Mission Statement: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement while consistently exceeding the expectations of our customers!

Featured image: SCA website