Organisers of the Brewster Trust Football Holiday Camp staged at the Queen’s College grounds for five weeks during the months of July and August have reported it as being a resounding success this year.
The camp started with a coaching course for 34 local football coaches. During the following weeks the charity hosted 182 registered campers in the first group of the age group 5-9 years; 181 campers in the first group of the age group 10-14 years; 77 campers in the age group 15 and over; 183 campers in the second group of the age group 5-9 years; and finally 194 campers in the second group of the age group 10-14 years. Eight hundred and fifty-one campers in total participated in the 2013 programme.
Brewsters Trust indicated that this year showed an improved female quota, with a high returning percentage. There were 17 nationalities from four continents represented at the camp and also the presence of children from all 11 parishes in the island.
“Only 37.5 per cent of the campers are linked to a local football team or club, so there is potential for the football youth programmes here in
Barbados. Not one of the planned 25 full camp days had been cancelled due to bank holidays or any weather condition. . .One figure which is another important indicator for us is the attendance.
Reviewing the five weeks – like last year – over 80 per cent of the registered campers attended an average every day,” a release from Brewster Trust indicated. During the camp outstanding local coach Shonelle Stephen got an invitation to attend the next Arsenal Gap Year programme for one month including accommodation in England as well as travel costs.
The Football Holiday Camp 2013 came complete with football camp basics but also included extras for parental comfort and clear focus on the children like health insurance coverage, ambulance service, on-site physiotherapist, hot healthy lunches and afternoon fruit breaks, isotonic beverages or shirt, shorts, socks, cap, shinpads, a football or the official FIFA Laws of the Game book for every camper and academic football sessions in classrooms or indoor soccer FUTSAL. For the age groups 10-14 the charity and partner UNICEF organised workshops about child protection. (PR)