FC International Football Club starts their annual Summer Camp this at the Lighthouse School tomorrow.
It is next to Mary Miller Hall in Red Bay and promises to be a special one day camp for youngsters with special needs.
This annual camp which started in 1994 has been made possible through the consistent efforts of the private sectors, government and individual persons who have dedicated themselves, their resources and time each year to make it a reality.
FC International is a community oriented club that has over the years invested its time into the development of the youths on the island.
The camp is well rounded and caters for development in sporting activities, education, introduction to career opportunities, national disaster preparations, abuse and basically every aspect of community related issues that affects the lives of youth on the island.
Basically, the camp is an overall educational one which includes presentations on life skills and personal development.
Kennedy Ebanks, President of FC International, announced the camp at a press briefing with Jeffrey Webb, President of the Cayman Islands Football Association and Technical Director of the National Football Programme, Carl Brown at the association’s administrative office in George Town.
Ebanks said: ‘There is need for more sponsorship for this special event. Children look forward for this camp and should it be cancelled it would be major disappointment for them as this has become a traditional past-time for them.
‘We at FC International have a responsibility to guide the youngsters in particular in a positive way.
‘I have seen the benefits resulting from these camps by participants over the years and have no regrets doing it on an annual basis.’
Ebanks added: ‘I want to publicly thank all the CIFA our sponsors, government and individuals who have consistently continued to support this venture throughout the years. May God bless them for their immeasurable support.’
Webb said that he was proud of the club’s development over the years pointing out the social responsibility that the club had for the community.
‘I congratulate Kennedy Ebanks for his support as president of the club over the years,’ he said.
‘He has helped this team to be consistent and reach tremendous heights. I am happy that the club competed in the youth competition last season and I am certain the members will continue to do well as a club.’
Brown said: ‘It’s great to see that this club is giving this kind of service to the community. I make special mention to the inclusion of children with special needs, a gesture that is well received as these physically challenged kids don’t get much attention.
‘I have been invited over the years to participate in this event and I congratulate President Kennedy and his staff for their efforts which has been noted and appreciated.
‘I want to just urge them to continue to serve the communities and empower the future men and woman of tomorrow.’
The camp continues on August 9 at the Fairbanks Prison for the female inmates there. The camp moves to the George Town Primary School on August 11-15.
On Saturday August 16 a one day camp will be at the Savannah Primary School. The following Monday August 18 through to Friday there will be a week-long camp at the Kaibo Public Beach in North Side.
On Saturday August 23 the camp will culminate on the grounds of the Cayman Brac High School when the sister island gets its share of the camp activities.
Each day the camps are scheduled to begin at 9am and end at 1pm. They are all free.