A new football programme has just been launched at Cayman Academy School in George Town and the national coach Carl Brown is happy to lend his support.
It is the initiative of Kennedy Ebanks, the president of FC International. After school every Tuesday and Thursday, pupils can hone their skills under the guidance of coaches like Brown. It is welcome news for the football-mad kids.
Lambert Forrest, the school’s principal, said: ‘This football programme is being promoted by Mr Ebanks, our PE teacher Mr Williams and also with the able assistance of Carl Brown who has decided to give us his service to build a good physical education programme, mentoring here. ‘This is also in keeping with the government initiative to increase physical education. We’re 100 per cent in support of maintaining the standards in education, including physical education. We believe it’s an integral part of the education process. We hope not that it will not only benefit the immediate school but the wider community. This launch is also to promote a fund-raising event we’re having a Health Walkathon from 7-10am on Sunday 9 December.
‘We’re hoping to raise approximately $30,000. Of that $10,000 will be earmarked for the development of the football field and also to acquire the necessary equipment to complement what the football federation through Mr Kennedy and Mr Brown are offering to us. We are asking the public to come out and support us.
‘We begin on Seven Mile Beach and walk up the new highway up to the Galleria roundabout and back to Seven Mile Beach. All those who participate will be given a breakfast of their choice; Caribbean or American. Ackee and saltfish, pancakes, everything. As Caymanians we like fish, juice and water, it will all be there.’
Brown said: ‘President Kennedy has always got me involved in his projects. You just can’t refuse him. It’s part of my whole life in trying to assist, particularly when it comes to communities. I’m committed to community life and young people in particular and wherever it’s possible to assist them to change lives and help their overall development, I’m always willing to do. This is no different. It’s a challenge for everyone involved and whatever role I can play in helping to develop this I really want to do that.’
Ebanks said: ‘This is something I wanted to do for a while. I’m really happy to come and take this new challenge for 2008 along with my general manager Elbert McLean. So far, through the principal Mr Forrest, everything’s been positive and I’m looking forward to sharing my time here.
The walkathon, I’m asking everybody to give their support. The school has a lot of financial areas they need to reinforce.’