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City hosts Challenger British Soccer Camp
Parents watched from the shade while their children cycled through drills and played various games under the hot sun at the Challenger British Soccer Camp.

Hosted by the city of Ceres, the five-day clinic was held June 13-17 at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

"It's a pretty big deal," said Traci Farris, recreation supervisor. "We like offering it because we're bringing a little culture to Ceres."

Twenty-year-old Elliott Roulstone of Nottingham, England provided instruction. He stressed the importance of respect, integrity and healthy eating.

Each session started at 9 a.m. and ended at 12 p.m.

"The kids did really well," Roulstone said.

Ceres' Tyge Tingcang (10) and Cassandra Cervantes (9), Hughson's Morgan Lewis (10), Modesto's Audrey Dela Fuente (11) and Evan Lear (8), and Oakdale's Hayden Hill (8), Ryan Greenhow (8) and Jason Greenhow (6) were among the 15 participants.

Tingcang and Dela Fuente are cousins. They spend a lot of time indoors.

"I have to come out here because I'm too inactive," said Tyge, an Xbox 360 enthusiast. "I'm learning some tricks. The coach makes it fun."

Added Audrey: "I'd rather be playing on the computer."

The city of Ceres and Challenger British Soccer Camp partnered for the first time six years ago.

"We're trying to increase participation in the United States," Roulstone said.