It’s not often children publicly come forward to praise one of the camps they attend.
But that was the case this week at the North Side football camp put on by FC International.
Among the many youngsters who enjoyed themselves was Aundrey Whittaker. The 11-year- old North Sider said he learned and socialised well.
‘It was kris [slang for cool] out here playing football and making friends. I learned things about 911 and discipline too. I want to go to this camp at least for the next four years.’
Fellow North Side resident in Alexei Dixon had similar feelings. The 10-year-old said she has been going to the camp for years.
‘I’m very interested in football. I’ve been coming from time I was seven. Every year I learn new things about football and Cayman.
‘This year I learned about how 911 and the police work together.’
The camp started Monday and is set to finish this Sunday.
From 9am until 1pm, youngsters learned the basics of the game from dribbling to passing.
As usual the camp was led by FC International Camps Technical Director Elbert McLean with help from a number of coaches including Lanie McLaughlin.
Even though his dad had all the kids looking for the next water break from the hot sun, Jamal McLean said the camp was good.
‘It was great meeting my friends and playing football with them,’ the eight-year-old said.
Parents played a huge role in getting the kids to attend. Many kids said their parents pushed them to come out. Among them was eight year old North Sider Jada Dixon.
‘I came out because of my mommy [Joenne Dixon]. Even though I play with the boys I made new friends and learned a lot about my island.’
The North Side Play Field was the site of the camp. Originally the camp was slated to be held at the Kaibo Public Beach but the kids specially requested to use the field instead.
All the coaches, along with FC International President Kennedy Ebanks, were pleased to hear the kids’ sentiments.
Ebanks wanted to give thanks to all the speakers that have made the camp successful over the years, especially the Royal Cayman Islands Police Force.
‘I want to say a big thank you to all the policemen who work hard patrolling our streets and keeping us safe.
‘They always support the camp and tell our young children about important issues like drugs and crime in general.’