2. How do I choose a roommate?
• Golden Goal dormitories sleep up to 20 players. We will be placing players in dorms with their on-field training groups, meaning that players will not be permitted to dorm with players of significantly different ages (this only really affects brothers who attend camp together, and are years apart in age).
• By default, most players will naturally be placed in a training group (and therefore a dorm) with their team mates, or friends. However, if a player is split from his team mates after our first training session, we will give all players an option to change their group, so they can remain in a dorm with their peers.
• Whilst we do all we can to make this happen, please bear in mind that our priority is to keep the training groups as competitive as possible. This is a highly competitive, pre-academy level camp, designed to prepare young players for the expectations of playing for Red Bull Academy.
• With this in mind, the dorm in which we place your child initially, will be PROVISIONAL, and there will be no need for players to un-pack their bags, or make their beds upon arrival.
• After the Sunday evening training session, when the final groups have been established, players will move to their PERMANENT dorm, along with their coach, and the rest of their training group.
• At this stage, coaching staff will help players move their bags, help them to make their beds, and provide any other assistance required.
3. What playing facilities are available at Golden Goal?
• Golden Goal has 8 fields; four are grass and four are turf. Some fields are lighted, and some are not.
• Due to the wealth of training facilities we have available, players should come prepared to play in all weather, on any surface, at any given time of day.
• This allows us to keep our schedule flexible, and maximize playing opportunities throughout the week.
10. What if my child has dietary requirements?
• There are vegetarian options available at all meals.
• We assume that all players are aware of their dietary concerns and know what they can or cannot eat.
• While at camp, the kitchen staff is used to dealing with school groups, so if your child has any questions they may ask them.
• Our staff is seated with the campers for all meals so they can monitor the players’ eating habits.
11. Can I provide my child with food for their dorms?
• No. The facility strictly enforces a no food / drink policy in the dorms.
• This is to prevent accidental spillages, which can result in the attraction of wildlife.
• Players will have access to the snack shop in the evenings, but must eat all additional food in the common areas provided, where left overs are cleaned up, and removed on their behalf.
• A snack shop is available in the evenings, so it is worth providing your child with around $25 to $30 in small bills for the week.
• We will monitor player’s use of the snack shop, to prevent it’s abuse. However, please educate your child in advance of the importance of eating healthily.
12. Do I need to submit any medical forms?
All campers MUST submit four forms at check-in. These must be submitted on the opening day of camp, and cannot be sent to our offices in advance.
- Golden Goal participation waiver: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5876c39d2e69cf7c9ba362c2/t/58814702893fc0363961e1a5/1484867367005/GG-Participation-Waiver_Form.pdf
- Initial health screening form: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5876c39d2e69cf7c9ba362c2/t/58814dbef7e0ab55271cc851/1484869055304/Heath-History-Form.pdf
- Immunization records: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5876c39d2e69cf7c9ba362c2/t/58814b89e6f2e1da63d3729d/1484868490030/Immunization-Form.pdf
- Prescription and over the counter medication form: http://www.redbullsacademy.com/assets/1/6/Medication_Form_Residential_Camps_-_2017.pdf
All parents and campers MUST meet with the camp Health Director at check in. At this time, all medication must be submitted, and any dietary and health issues can be discussed.
13. Are the parents allowed to come and watch during the week?
• The only time parents may attend to watch sessions, is the morning training session, from 9:00am - 11:00am. No visits are allowed outside these hours.
• We no longer allow parents to attend the evening sessions, as if we have a young player who is homesick, seeing their parents in the evening (closer to bed-time) exacerbates the problem further.
• The more you allow your child to immerse themselves in the soccer environment, the more they will enjoy the experience.
• Although we encourage our players to call home periodically, calling them several times a day is entirely counter-productive. Quite often, a text message is better. Please bear this in mind when communicating with your child.
• For child protection reasons, when visiting, parents are not allowed to enter the dormitories. If you are bringing extra clothing / equipment for players, please meet them at the entrance to the Athlete’s Village.